Cheesy Kale and Penne Bake is a comfort dish with rich flavors that is sure to make your belly happy! It’s hearty and warm — a great option for dinner on a cold winter evening.
This dish is a great way to introduce kale to kids. Leafy greens can be particularly difficult to get kids to try. But when it’s mixed with hearty pasta, covered in creamy cheese, and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, it’s practically irresistible.
Cheesy Kale and Penne Bake can be served as a main dish or a side dish. If you are serving it as a main dish, consider serving a green salad and garlic bread alongside it. Or serve it as a side to a protein of your choice. Chicken breast, pork chops, and baked cod are all great options. Because it’s served in a casserole dish and pairs well with so many other foods, Cheesy Kale and Penne Bake is a great recipe for potlucks and pitch-ins.
At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber. It also contains vitamins A, C, K, and folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development. Kale gets its dark green color from lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, is also found in kale. It’s no wonder that kale is touted as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Now that your kids have tried kale and have had a positive experience with it, encourage them to try it in other dishes. Here are some other kale recipes your family will love:
- Lacinato Kale and Tomato Medley Pasta
- Sweet Kale Fish Tacos
- Kale and Sausage Hand Pies
- Super Green Smoothies
What’s your favorite way to serve kale? Share in the comments below!