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Kale Puttanesca Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Kale Puttanesca

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"Healthy whole wheat pasta served puttanesca-style with emerald green kale and caramelized onions."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and begun to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in capers, anchovy fillets, and diced tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Stir in kale, and simmer over medium-low heat until wilted and tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the pasta has cooked and been drained, stir into the puttanesca along with the black olives. Toss and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 04, 2007

Fantastic flavour! I used less oil and cheese to lighten the recipe and - traditionalists, close your eyes! - I eliminated the anchovies. Instead, add 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 Tbsp extra capers, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar to cover the texture, saltiness and tang of the anchovies. Also used extra kale as others have suggested. Really delicious dish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 18, 2012

I would give this 2.5 stars if that were an option. The ingredients didn't come together as I had imagined, even though I stayed pretty true to the recipe (just subbed salmon for anchovy). I hope my roommate likes it because I have a lot of leftovers.

Feb 18, 2009

I work at a coffee shop that serves only vegan food cooked on the premises. We also cook 10-20 servings of each meal, so I won't account for my measurements. I try to work with whatever produce I have, which was the kale in this case. I sauteed tofu in oil, adding spices (mostly italian herbs) until the tofu was cooked. I cooked the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes like in the recipe. I added crushed tomatoes and lots of spices and Italian seasoning. I added the Kale and used penne pasta. This came out delicious! This is a great recipe to reference even if you don't have all the ingredients. And guess what puttanesca mean??

Oct 08, 2007

I think that this meal is really good, but I did add at least 2 more cups of kale greens. They add a great amount of color and nutrition. I also used no salt added tomatoes and rinsed the anchovies so that I could reduce the sodium in this recipe. I will definitely make it again soon. Thanks!

Jan 31, 2011

This was incredibly good for being so healthy! I changed a lot but kept the basic structure of the recipe. I used a whole onion, 4 cloves garlic, no red pepper flakes, 1.5 T. capers, 5 oz. canned tuna instead of anchovies, doubled the kale, no olives, and no cheese. I also rinsed the capers and the tuna to cut the sodium, but ended up adding a little salt at the end, probably because I used more kale and fish than the recipe called for. It came out to about 6 servings rather than 4.

Mar 24, 2008

I like this healthy approach to the recipe. I wish the pasta would have had more sauce. Also, I couldn't even taste the red pepper flakes although it was an entire teaspoon? The olives in Puttanesca are really important in my opinion to the flavor. So... don't forget them. I used regular penne, because it's what I had on hand. The sauce was a little salty, but after being mixed with the pasta it was fine. I did rinse the capers. I also added dried basil, oregano, freshly grated nutmeg (for the kale) and freshly ground fennel seed. I also used more kale. The kale is awesome. I grew it in a box outside. Thanks for the recipe. I will try making more sauce next time.

Dec 02, 2011

This is an excellent, economical and easy weeknight dinner option! We love kale/greens and have been aiming to have at least one meat-free dinner per week. I made this last night and it is definitely making it on the rotation! As written, the salty items may have been overpowering... I used just less than half the anchovies and capers called for and about 2 Tbsp of chopped kalamata olives. Like many other reviewers, I increased the kale - about 7 Cups - and sauteed it first in the onion/garlic/anchovies/capers before adding the tomatoes and a splash of dry white wine. I also used a half cup or so of the cooking water when adding the pasta to create a bit more "sauce". I used a protein-added whole grain pasta to truly make this a one-dish meal. Thanks so much for this idea and recipe!

Oct 19, 2008

This is a tasty and interesting mix of flavors. I doubled the amount of kale as well, and recommend rinsing the olives, capers and anchovies before adding them to get the extra salt off. The first time I made this it was waaaay too salty; my husband and I couldn't stop drinking big glasses of water for the next two hours!


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  • Calories
  • 361 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 1099 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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