I’m all about one-dish dinners right now. And if they don’t include meat? That’s a big bonus as my daughter is still not eating meat after giving it up over the summer. This Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pasta with Kale recipe is the type of dish that you could easily serve with some grilled sausages or steaks on the side if you want, but it’s also super hearty and stands on its own just fine!
How to Roast Garlic
The star of this dish is the roasted garlic. I honestly forgot about roasted garlic for a while (do you ever do that?). I just hadn’t made it in forever and forgot how good and easy it is to make. All you have to do is cut off the top of the garlic bulb (exposing the individual cloves of garlic), wrap it in foil, and stick it in a 400 degree F oven for 45 minutes to an hour. The outcome will be nothing like what you started with … forget the pungent bite of raw garlic and get ready for a smooth spread that has a sweeter, caramelized flavor. It’s so good I could eat it plain with a spoon, haha.
Roasted garlic is great spread on toasts or mixed into pasta or other savory dishes. Prepare to kick things up a notch and reinvent boring old dishes with roasted garlic! It’s such an easy way to change things in a big way.
Can You Sub Kale for Spinach?
Yes! With most recipes that call for one or the other, this one will work great with spinach, too.
It was a HUGE hit with all three of my kids! Thank you for this recAmazing!! Will certainly be making this again ☺️ I don’t normally love kale, but I ate every bite and went for seconds.
Would Canned Tomatoes Work?
If you’re making this Garlic and Tomato Pasta when tomatoes aren’t in season, try giving it a go with diced canned tomatoes.
14 thoughts on “Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pasta with Kale”
This is a great dish. I was wary about so much ricotta, and it being too cheesy. I don’t like super cheesy lasagna. But this recipe works. I put a little more pasta water in it to thin out the sauce. I also added mushrooms to the tomato and shallots. I used spinach. Everyone loved it.
Could you use something else in place of ricotta?
Another cheese might change will change the flavor. If you try out a different one, feel free to let us know how it turns out. – Nicole
Have you or any of your readers tried it with gluten free noodles? I’m hoping it would turn out the same. Looks so good!
While we haven’t personally tried it with GF noodles, I don’t see why it wouldn’t still turn out great. If you give it a try, please let us know! – Nicole
This looks amazing! Could spinach work as a good substitute here? I’m not a huge fan of kale. The rest of the recipe seems perfect for me.
Yes, many of our readers have used spinach in this dish. – Nicole
With fresh tomatoes not in season now, could canned diced tomatoes work? Thanks!
Hi Sheri, I don’t see why not. – Nicole
Amazing!! Will certainly be making this again ☺️ I don’t normally love kale, but I ate every bite and went for seconds.
So glad to hear you gave it a shot! – Nicole
We made this in our RV in Italy using local ingredients and swapped kale for spinach. Perfect for van life, we love on pot dishes like this!
Have you tried this with something besides kale? My family doesn’t enjoy kale, even though I love it!!
I usually sub spinach for kale in most recipes. If it’s the taste you’re worried about, the roasted garlic really stands out in this one. – Nicole