Kale Pasta with Chilli and Garlic

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This super simple kale pasta recipe with heaps of chilli and garlic is the perfect weeknight meal. Have this kale spaghetti dinner on the table in the time it takes to boil some pasta!

So obviously I love cooking. But sometimes I get home from work and all I want to do is sit down in the front of the TV with a bowl of comfort food.

That’s where some of my quick and easy recipes come in. Like these 15 minute soy peanut noodles or this honey chipotle chicken. Now I’ve got this pasta with kale, chilli and garlic to add to the list.

Frying pan of kale pasta with garlic, chilli and parmesan on a blue background

Happy Monday! Or more accurately, happy that Monday is nearly over! I’m all over quick and simple dinners on a Monday night as, I assume, we all are? This pasta is the perfect Monday night dinner and it only takes SIX ingredients.

And those are probably six of my favourite ingredients on the whole planet.

Plate of kale pasta on a striped cloth with a fork

Pasta, obviously. For this I used tagliatelle but you could use any long pasta. It really works best with long pasta I think, you need that fork twirling action with this one.

Of course pasta is the best thing to have when you’ve just got home from work and you’re needing dinner fast.

Two plates of kale pasta on a striped cloth and a blue background

Then we’ve got garlic. And you need a lot of garlic because that’s where all that insane flavour comes from. Cook it slowwwwwly in plenty of melty butter until it just starts to caramelise a little and the chilli is infusing into the butter.

Then add that vibrant kale to the pan and let it get a little crisped around the edges before tossing in your cooked pasta.

Frying pan of kale pasta on a blue background

Now, at this point you’re gonna need to add in a lot of parmesan. If you’ve think you’ve added enough then go ahead and add a bit more.

Ingredients you need to make this kale spaghetti with chilli and garlic:

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Kale
  • Pasta
  • Parmesan

Close up of a plate of kale pasta

Once you’ve tossed the pasta in the chilli, garlic, butter, kale and parmesan then serve it up and just add, like, a boatload more parmesan for good measure.

Expert tips for making this kale pasta with chilli and garlic:

  • Make sure you melt the butter really gently and keep the heat low while you cook the garlic. There is nothing worse than the bitterness of burnt garlic.
  • Add the kale once the garlic and chilli are a little caramelised then toss them together and let the edges of the kale get a little crispy before you add the pasta and toss everything together.
  • I like to serve this pasta with loads of parmesan. Of course.

Two plates of kale pasta on a striped cloth with parmesan and a grater on a blue background

Frying pan of kale pasta on a blue background with parmesan and grater

Want more? Try these other kale recipes before you go!

Two plates of kale pasta on a striped cloth and a blue background

Kale Pasta with Chilli and Garlic

This super simple kale pasta recipe with heaps of chilli and garlic is the perfect weeknight meal. Have dinner on the table in the time it takes to boil some pasta!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 633kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 75 g Butter
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Red Chilli deseeded and chopped
  • 200 g Kale chopped
  • 500 g Long Pasta
  • Parmesan to serve


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and chilli and cook gently over a low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta. Add the kale to the frying pan and turn the heat up. Cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to crisp a little. Add the pasta to the pan and toss with the butter, garlic, chilli and kale. Add a good helping of parmesan and toss again. Serve in bowls topped with another good helping of parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Kale Pasta with Chilli and Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 633 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 578mg17%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 5570IU111%
Vitamin C 77.6mg94%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    20/03/2018 at 1:55 PM

    5 stars
    This is my kind of comfort food! I love that there’s kale for a bit of nutrition and garlic and chili for some kick!

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    20/03/2018 at 2:00 PM

    5 stars
    Such an easy dinner idea! I’m in!

  • Reply
    20/03/2018 at 2:32 PM

    5 stars
    I’m digging this! Swap to GF pasta and I could eat this all day!

    • Reply
      20/03/2018 at 9:39 PM

      Haha, thanks!

  • Reply
    20/03/2018 at 2:37 PM

    5 stars
    This is the perfect weeknight dinner! Ready in no time and using only a few ingredients. Love pasta dinners way to much 🙂

    • Reply
      20/03/2018 at 9:39 PM

      Same! They’re so good right?!

  • Reply
    20/03/2018 at 3:07 PM

    I am loving the garlic and kale in this! Such a great dinner not to mention beautiful dish!

    • Reply
      20/03/2018 at 9:38 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    23/03/2018 at 12:56 PM

    5 stars
    What a yummy bowl of comfort here! So easy, yet so delicious. I’ve got this pasta shop down the street that sells fresh pasta, and it would be perfect for this recipe!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    08/06/2018 at 9:19 AM

    5 stars
    I’m sure this smells amazing while cooking it all together, kale and garlic are amongst my favorites!

    • Reply
      10/06/2018 at 5:49 PM

      Thanks Veena!

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