Of all the kale recipes, my Kale Pasta Casserole is probably one of the most satisfying. I have long wondered about how to cook kale and have finally found my way with my Kale Pesto which is the basis for this Kale Pasta Casserole. I bet you want to try it and add it to your list of must-try kale recipes.
Contentedness Cooking has a couple of love stories. Some of them unexpected, like the one between my friends Denise and Michael. But more recently, another love story has been added to my blog. One that involves me.
Kale. I’m talking about kale. You know, that stuff that I couldn’t really warm up to for a long time. Kale recipes were not very high on my list. Only after I not long ago made my Kale Pesto as a last chance for this stuff to convince me it’s actually good. And it did – I loved it to my own surprise.
Truth to be told, I wasn’t quite sure if this wasn’t some fluke. So, time for double-checking! I made another batch of the Kale Pesto. But this time, I would have it as part of a hearty Kale Pasta Casserole. With gluten-free pasta, and a special savory extra from sun-dried tomatoes as well as olives. I also sautéed thin stripes of eggplant in a bit of olive oil and mixed all together with the pesto.
An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust consisting of a gf bread crumbs mix with olive oil and garlic that covers the casserole – crunchy, hearty, perfect! This Kale Pasta Casserole baked for 15-20 minutes and kept my love for kale hot and alive 😉
- 8 oz (250 g) gluten-free pasta
- kale pesto, *recipe, click here*
- one handful of chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- ¾ cup (130 g) chopped olives
- 1 eggplant
- 2 handful of gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1 clove of garlic
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).
- Wash the eggplant and cut it into thin slices. Heat 1 Tbs of olive oil in a pan and add the eggplant slices. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until the eggplant begins to soften.
- Cook the pasta according to manufacturer's instructions.
- In the meantime, chop the olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
- Mix the cooked pasta, sautéed eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and the kale pesto in a large bowl. Transfer to a casserole dish.
- In a small bowl, combine gf breadcrumbs with a Tbs of olive oil and one crushed clove of garlic. Spread mixture over the Kale Pasta.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
The Kale Pasta Casserole Elsewhere
- Finding Vegan – Recipe Feature: Kale Pasta Casserole – October 1, 2015