Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta (with a white wine sauce!)

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Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta with a white wine sauce is my new go-to pantry staple meal! It’s meant to serve 4 but Thomas and I devoured it just the 2 of us. It’s THAT GOOD!

Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta (with a white wine sauce!) from (@whatsgabycookin)

2 weeks ago when we got home from Sun Valley there was LITERALLY no food in the fridge! None. Zip. Just the stuff in the side door of the fridge and a random bunch of kale that was leftover from the week before. We landed at 7, had to get our checked bags and didn’t make it home until 8:30pm. That is SO late for us early birds so I was HANGRY to say the least. Not having time to run to the store, I whipped up what I thought would be a half ass pasta that we’d just quickly eat before we went to bed. Turns out, this Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta ended up being so freaking magical that I’ve made it 4 times in the last 2 weeks and I’m OBSESSED.

It’s a simple sun dried tomato and white wine sauce with TONS of garlic, wilted kale and some cheese. Everything pairs perfectly together! And my guess is you have everything to make it in your house right this very minute. So cheers to Monday – do yourself a favor and make this!

Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta (with a white wine sauce!)

5 from 24 votes
This 10ish minute Sun Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta will be your new go-to! It's made of mostly pantry staples and some fresh kale and couldn't be more delicious!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch tuscan kale ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes the kind in oil, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 10 ounces spaghetti
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Once hot, add the kale, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper and cook until wilted.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the sun dried tomatoes, lemon zest and stir to combine.
  • Add the white wine and cook until alcohol cooks off.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. Drain and toss with sauce, reserved water, cheese and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately.


Always cook with wine you don’t mind drinking! It’s not just about the leftovers – it will give you much better flavor than a dedicated “cooking wine.”

Nutrition Information

Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 969mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 7160IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 4mg


    1. I tripled according to 3x. Why does mine still have soooo much liquid (before adding pasta water ++) and taste too lemony (added only 2 and I LOVE lemon) ?

  1. We are trying to cut out pasta. Would this still work with spaghetti squash or butternut squash or zucchini noodles?

  2. I made this recipe this week and it was wonderful and so easy. I also added a few sliced mushrooms that I had on hand. Definitely will be making again. Thanks Gaby!!

  3. For those of you who stay in vacation rentals, this makes an excellent meal. Easy to shop for, few ingredients, not a ton of kitchen equipment necessary. And, very tasty. I am adding this to our home menu planning, as well!
    Thank you Gaby!

  4. For the men in my family that say ‘where’s the meat’ What do you think about adding grilled chicken ?

  5. I made this tonight, and it was so amazing. I used spinach instead of kale, and “accidentally” added too many sun dried tomatoes. This was so easy to make!

  6. This looks like it will be delish! Thanks for the idea about the vacation rental – we cook in rentals all of the time and I always need new ideas – I even have a Pinterest board.
    I know this will work for either but have you used fresh mozzarella in this one? It looks really melty….is that a word?

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. Awesome recipe! Full of flavor and so easy to make! I used a yellow lentil pasta because that’s what I had on hand, but I think you could really substitute any type of pasta for this recipe! Also, 8 cloves of garlic may seem like a lot, but I assure you it’s the perfect amount. 5 stars!

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I are obsessed with this recipe and make it almost every week! We love adding grilled chicken, too. We make it with brown rice pasta because I’m gluten free, and it’s so good!

  9. 5 stars
    This is the most requested meal by my family! We love it! It’s easy to make up! It’s delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes!

  10. I added capers, pepper slices and mushrooms and topped it with roasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese for protein. Love the sun dried tomato and kale. A one meal dish. Thanks.

  11. 5 stars
    THIS. IS. EVERYTHING. So simple to make and so delicious!! I used burrata (highly recommend this!) but otherwise made as directed.

  12. 5 stars
    It’s such a great recipe, so tasty, love the ingredients, it will definitely become something that I will keep coming back to, thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    This has become a staple in my house!
    The sauce is fabulous, easy and SO healthy! I double it because I love the veggies. Even my teenage boys like it! I use regular linguini for the family and I prefer brown rice & quinoa pasta. I usually grill up some simple chicken and add it to the dish for an even more filling dinner. This also tastes great on days 2 & 3!

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this twice in quarantine! I substituted goat cheese and it was so creamy and delicious. The second time I didn’t have the tomatoes and added 1/2 lb of italian sausage! Like Gaby mentioned this is ADDICTING. I cant wait for book number 2!

  15. 5 stars
    Tried this out for a meatless meal. My husband and 3 year old and I agree it was delicious. Didn’t have Kale, so substituted Spinach (added are end instead of at beginning bc it wilts fast). Will make again, next time I’m thinking of adding shrimp or scallops! Yum.

  16. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Light and flavorful at the same time!! You need to make this!! (Also I subbed the mozzarella for goat cheese and SO GOOD)

  17. 5 stars
    Well this is just delicious. And couldn’t be easier to make. AND very little clean up? C’mon, Gaby. This is a gem.

  18. 5 stars
    Made this today…added a good amount of parm along with the mozzarella…perfection! The Parm makes such a difference !!

  19. I’ve made this a few times with rave reviews. I have some Swiss Chard in my CSA box this week- would that work in this recipe?

  20. 5 stars
    Made this for the hubby this evening. It was very good, both enjoyed. I didn’t have Kale at hand so substituted with spinach.

  21. Saw your Live IG last night – if I use red pepper olive oil like you did – do I still add red pepper flakes? Thanks!!!

  22. My son is vegan, so I naturally skipped the cheese, but added sautéed crumbled Tempe. This was ridiculously delicious!

  23. 5 stars
    Didn’t have mozzarella but subbed parm and it was delish. Liked that it tasted light, not heavy at all. Tangy from the lemon, which goes great with the kale. A good pantry staple indeed!

  24. 5 stars
    This recipe lives up to your intro. It IS easy … it IS fast … and it IS truly delicious! Even 2 days later … as I eat a bite or 2 with the refrig door open (which means no calories) … seriously, this is a so simple, so tasty, so reheatable … a wonder … thank you!!

  25. 5 stars
    Wow! So simple yet so tasty!!! An amazing weeknight meal. We didn’t have an open bottle of wine so I added extra lemon and it was still so great! Can’t wait to make this again!

  26. 5 stars
    I left a comment earlier that I would cut back on the red pepper and lemon but after digging into this dish for dinner we realized we wouldn’t change a thing! We just added some grilled chicken and it was fantastic!!! Definitely one of our new favorites!

  27. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner. Was superb! I forgot to save the pasta water to make it a little saucier. But still turned out great. Leftovers were delicious as well.

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