Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

Fennel, sage, and white wine are an A+ flavor combination in this sun dried tomato pasta. You'll love this hearty, comforting, and easy dish!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

Happy December! Today we’re celebrating with this bright red & green sun dried tomato pasta.

I have a confession to make. I’m really terrible at decorating for the holidays. Some years it happens, others it doesn’t… and then some years we end up with a Valentine’s Day tree because we lose track of time and the work of taking down decorations is far less fun than putting them up.

So here’s my version of holiday greenery for you – sun dried tomato pasta! It’s, of course, edible, and the clean up is minimal. 🙂 Aside from boiling the pasta, this recipe comes together in one large skillet (or pictured, this pretty braiser), so it’s a great one to have in your back pocket when you need to get a hearty, healthy dinner on the table this winter.

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Ingredients

This sun dried tomato pasta is full of all kinds of warming wintery goodness! It has a base of sautéed shallots, fennel, and savory, aromatic sage. Sun dried tomatoes add briny pop, kale makes it fresh & green, and (of course) lemon juice adds a bit of bright cheer. I also toss in some walnuts for crunch. Their slightly bitter flavor is delicious with the wintry vegetables, but if you don’t have them on hand, pine nuts would be a great choice too.

I used a fancy pasta shape called toscani because I just love the way the kale wraps around the short curly noodles. However, if you can’t find it, you can use any short cut pasta that you like.

Serve with olive oil for drizzling and (not pictured, but highly recommended) freshly grated pecorino cheese!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

If you love this sun dried tomato pasta recipe…

Try my linguine, orecchiette, lasagna, mushroom pasta, mac and cheese, or roasted vegetable pasta next!

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Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Kale

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This one-pot Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe with kale and walnuts is an easy, healthy, delicious vegetarian dinner.
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped sage
  • 12-ounces toscani pasta (or any short pasta)
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups torn kale leaves
  • 8 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated pecorino cheese, for serving
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots, fennel, garlic, red pepper flakes, sage, ½ teaspoon salt, and freshly ground black pepper and cook until the fennel is tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
  3. To the skillet, add the white wine and let it reduce for 30 seconds. Then, reduce the heat to low, add the kale and toss until just wilted. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the cooked pasta into the skillet. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, and lemon juice and toss.
  4. Finally, season to taste and serve with generous drizzles of olive oil and freshly grated pecorino cheese.
Make this gluten free by using gluten free pasta.



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  1. summer

    crazy delicious!!! it’s good with all shapes- anything swirly and spaghetti in particular.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Summer, I’m so glad you love the pasta!

  2. R Lee

    Hey there! This is my 1st comment but it is long overdue. Every. Single. Recipe. I’ve made from your site is perfect. Background: I’m Indian & my family is multicultural & we all prefer spicy & “more seasoned” dishes. When I’m looking for non-Indian vegetarian options I always find myself coming back to your recipes. I did add a plant based fennel Italian sausage to this dish but it would’ve been just as delicious without it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Aww, I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipes!

  3. Cristina

    I’ve been eating this for 3 days straight as my lunch or dinner. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it !

  4. Cam

    I was craving a pasta dish with sun-dried tomatoes and all the other recipes I looked at were so heavy. This one was perfect – indulgent yet nutritious, savory and bright. So good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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