I love pasta, maybe a little too much. It’s one of those foods that I could just eat all day! There are so many fun ways to prepare it, and it goes with everything. Everything! I don’t know why it took me this long to try a one-pot pasta dish. One pot dishes are always helpful and handy when life is crazy. And when life is crazy, you need a comforting delicious meal to help you focus on the important things. This lemony garlic kale one pot pasta is fresh and light, eat a little, or eat a lot!
I find that one pot pastas are best when eaten fresh. Because you don’t strain out the pasta water, all the starches make the pasta stick together as leftovers. I made this recipe to only serve 2, and I made it in a small dutch oven (I love the lodge brand!). Is anyone else obsessed with their wooden spoon collection!? I love them to protect the enamel coating on my dutch ovens, and I really do have a collection going! I dream about re-doing my kitchen, and these cherry spoons will fit right in!
Variations to the Lemony Garlic Kale One Pot Pasta recipe:
- If you’re not a fan of kale, try another leafy green in this dish. Spinach or Swiss chard would be good choices.
- Skip the Parmesan to keep this recipe dairy- free and vegan.
- I used thin spaghetti to make this dish cook really fast! If you try a thicker pasta, boil for 2/3 of the pasta’s cooking time. It doesn’t need full boiling time because it has been sitting in and soaking up liquid while waiting to come to a boil.
- 6 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti
- 2 cups packed kale, from 1 extra large leaf, or 2 small
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup yellow onion, diced
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- pinch red pepper flake
- 1¾ cups vegetable broth
- juice of 1 lemon
- Parmesan, for serving (optional)
- In a medium pot combine spaghetti through vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes (or ⅔ of the original cooking time).
- Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
- Garnish with more cracked black pepper and serve with parmesan if using.
Recipe inspired by V Nutrition.