Winter Fennel, Sage & Kale Pasta Recipe

This Winter Fennel, Sage & Kale Pasta makes a delicious, healthy vegetarian weeknight dinner. Hearty, comforting, and easy, too!

Fennel, Sage, and Kale Pasta Recipe

Happy December!

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 – it comes in the form of a kale pasta! It’s, of course, edible, and the clean up is minimal. 🙂

Fennel, Sage, and Kale Pasta Recipe

This kale pasta is full of all kinds of warming wintery goodness including a base of sautéed shallots, fennel, and savory, aromatic sage. There’s a bit of briny sun dried tomato for pop and (of course) some lemon juice to add a bit of bright cheer.

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

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.

Fennel, Sage, and Kale Pasta Recipe

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

For more healthy pasta recipes, browse the pasta section of our recipe index!

Fennel, Sage, and Kale Pasta


  • 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. 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, lemon juice and toss.
  4. 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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