Kale and Ricotta Pasta

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
 Kale and Ricotta Pasta
 Kale and Ricotta Pasta
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  • 7 ounces spaghetti
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 garlic cloves,minced, or more to taste
  • 12 pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 pound kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rapid boil; add the pasta. Boil, stirring a few times during the first few minutes to keep pasta from sticking, until al dente, about 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Mix ricotta, parsley, and lemon zest together in a bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic in hot oil until fragrant, about 1 minute; add pecans and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until they smell toasted.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Stir in kale; drizzle olive oil over the mixture, and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale just begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Toss drained pasta with the kale mixture; add ricotta cheese mixture and stir to coat pasta.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.
Mealthy tip:

While spaghetti is the suggested pasta here, your favorite noodle will do. You can even go gluten-free with brown rice pasta. It will likely hold together best when cooked al dente.


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Steven Gomes says:

Swapped kale for spinach and added extra ricotta. This dish was extra creamy and delicious. I also used walnuts instead of pecans.

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Anthony Cohen says:

Gluten free brown rice penne was the perfect substitution for this dish. I used walnuts instead of pecans, and added leftover shredded rotisserie chicken. Perfect weeknight meal.

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Jeremy Hughes says:

I used brown rice pasta and skipped the pecans. The ricotta lemon cheese sauce was fanatic. I added a little lemon juice in addition to the lemon zest.

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Sam Dalton says:

After trying this dish I think I am forever in love with ricotta cheese sauce. The garlicky kale is also amazing. Perfect pasta dish, and pairs perfectly with whole wheat pasta.

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Randall Hauk says:

By right of living in the Pacific Northwest, I'm required to eat a LOT of kale. I'm also meant to enjoy it every time. Not difficult here. Ricotta, garlic, and lemon can make just about anything pretty palatable, but the fact is that I DO like kale! Going to spiralize some zucchini and use it in place of the spaghetti next time.