Kale with Pasta and Peanut Sauce

This is one of my older sister’s favorites. And includes a secret peanut sauce recipe.

During my freshman year of college, when we both went to the UO, I’d go to her apartment every week and she’d cook me dinner and we’d watch Grey’s Anatomy (which I’ve stopped watching since it jumped the shark with Izzy’s visions of Denny’s ghost, but I digress). I remember this was a repeated dish, and I was not one to argue when she made it.

Not only is really yummy, but kale is also really healthy for you. It’s full of antioxidents, fiber, Vitamin A, calcium, and more good things.

A word to the wise, though: the kale cooks down a bit in the pan, so even if it’s overflowing when you add it, you’ll end up with less than you think.

And, as you might have noticed, this recipe does include peanuts (from the peanut butter). I typically don’t eat peanut butter, but I do with this recipe. If you don’t eat peanuts, I’m sure you could experiment with a different kind of nut or seed butter (almond, sunflower, etc.), but I personally haven’t tried that yet. In any case, you could always just eat the pasta with the sautéd kale and onion, maybe adding a little olive oil or vegan cheese.

Ingredients (serves 5)

1 package rice pasta

3 bunches kale

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, pressed

for the peanut sauce (1 serving, so multiply by your number of people)

1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon ginger, to taste

1/2 teaspoon paprika, to taste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste

dash of cumin, to taste

dash of water for creaminess


1. Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.

2. De-stem the kale leaves, ripping them into bite-sized pieces.

3. Sauté the onion and garlic, until the onion is partially carmelized.

4. Add the kale to the onions and garlic. Add a dash of water, turn the burner on low, and cover the pan, stirring from time to time. The kale will be ready when it’s slightly wilted and a dark green.

5. Mix the peanut sauce for each person/serving in separate bowls.

6. Add a serving of noodles and mix.

7. Add a serving of the kale, mix, and enjoy!


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Categories: Main dish, Sauce


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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