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Kale Pasta Casserole

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.

Top view on the Kale Pasta Casserole coming fresh out of the oven.

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.

Portion of the kale pasta casserole on a white plate, rest of the casserole in the background.

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.

Top view of the kale pasta casserole on a plate and in the casserole dish.

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 😉

Collage of two pictures of the Kale Pasta Casserole with recipe title text.

If you try my Kale Pasta Casserole I’m happy to see a tag on Facebook and Instagram. Snap a picture and let me know what you think. See you soon, Florian.

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Kale Pasta Casserole

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

My newly discovered love for kale continues in this Kale Pasta Casserole recipe. My Kale Pesto is combined with sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed eggplant, and olives. A tasty bread crump mix covers this stunner of a healthy casserole.


  • one handful of chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup (130 g) chopped olives
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 handful of gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).
  2. 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.
  3. Cook the pasta according to manufacturer's instructions.
  4. In the meantime, chop the olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Mix the cooked pasta, sautéed eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and the kale pesto in a large bowl. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 17gSugar: 7gProtein: 77g

The Kale Pasta Casserole Elsewhere


Saturday 27th of February 2021

I made this and it was delicious. I did not have sun-dried tomatoes in the house so I left them out and they would definitely make the dish. I will absolutely do this again; the topping was amazing on this.


Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thanks for your great feedback, Lee! Yes, indeed the sun dried tomatoes are definitely the key for an amazing flavor. Glad to hear you enjoyed the topping so much. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.


Tuesday 29th of September 2015

This looks like an amazing hearty side dish or entree!

Florian @ContentednessCooking

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

That's exactly what it is, Tara! :)

Debi @ Life Currents

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

Sounds like a nice balance of yummy flavors!

Florian @ContentednessCooking

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

It not only sounds like that, Debi ;)

Lady Gourmet

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

Dear Florian, this looks absolutely wonderful! There is nothing better than discovering a healthy and comforting meal! Have a wonderful day, Catherine

Florian @ContentednessCooking

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Thank you for your kind words, Catherine! ;)

My Wife Makes

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

This casserole is epic win in so many ways I can't even count!! Lovely, lovely, lovely! - Levan

Florian @ContentednessCooking

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Too kind of you to say that, Levan! :)

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