Kale and Tomato Pasta – A Simple 5 Ingredient Recipe

Cooking the pasta and kale in the tomatoes with some added water saves time and is a clever short cut with this recipe. We like this dish as a light lunch or side item. With only 5 ingredients it is full of vitamins and it’s cheap! This recipe should feed 4. 

  • The kale gives this meal loads of vitamins. One cup of kale contains 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C and 1020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of many minerals such as iron. Move over spinach, kale is a wonderful substitute in many recipes!
  • The tomatoes are a good source of potassium as well as many vitamins such as A and C. Also, tomatoes are an inflammation fighting food. Inflammation causes many of our health problems.
  • Cheese is a good source of calcium.

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2 cups tri color pasta

1 cup water

1  14.5 can of Italian-style tomatoes undrained

3 packed cups of kale

1 cup of cheese – mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar are all good choices


  • In a medium sauce pan add undrained tomatoes, pasta and water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the pasta mixture is cooking prepare kale.  Remove all leaves from the stems and place leaves in a large bowl filled with water to wash. Break kale leaves into smaller pieces (about the size of baby spinach leaves)
  • After the pasta mixture has cooked for 8 minutes add half of the kale, stir,  cover and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the kale wilts. Then add remaining kale, stir, cover and cook until wilted.
  • Serve topped with your choice of cheese(s)


About Angie

Hi I’m Angie. I started Naturally Frugal Homemaker to share how I found a more natural, frugal and simple lifestyle. I love to cook, so I will be sharing my recipes too. My recipes aren’t limited to food either. I have several DIY cleaners and beauty recipes to share. Saving money, feeding my family good food and leading a simple happy life are my passions.
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