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Sesame Noodles with Kale

This recipe demonstrates a practical way to boil pasta and a green vegetable together in one pot to create a colorful entrée. You'll start out with a huge amount of kale, but the greens shrink dramatically as they cook. Just be sure to use a very large pot.



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1 large bunch kale (1 ¼ to 1 ½ lbs.)
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12 oz. udon, soba, spaghetti or fettuccine
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2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil or to taste
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2 Tbs. tamari or to taste
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2 Tbs. toasted white or black sesame seeds


1. While you are bringing a large pot of water to a boil, hold bunch of kale together, slice off and discard thickest part of stem (about 1 inch). Still holding kale in a bunch, slice remaining stems and leaves as thin as you can. Set kale in sinkful (or large bowl) of water and swish vigorously to remove any grit. (Repeat this process with fresh water if kale seems especially sandy.) Lift out kale, place in colander and rinse thoroughly.

2. When water has come to a rolling boil, add pasta and cook for 5 minutes less than cooking time indicated on package. Add kale stems and leaves in a few batches, pressing down with back of large spoon to submerge each batch. Continue cooking, uncovered, over high heat until kale and pasta are tender, about 5 minutes. (Kale tends to remain on top of pasta. Press it under water from time to time with back of large spoon.)

3. Drain pasta and kale and return to pot. Add sesame oil and tamari and toss with fork. Taste and add more sesame oil and tamari if necessary. Add sesame seeds and toss again. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information: 

16 g
Total Fat: 
11 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
63 g
307 mg
5 g
4 Servings

Comments on this Recipe

Love this! I use soba noodles (rinse them under cold water) and Braggs all purpose seasoning for the tamari sauce. Always turns out excellent.

This was delicious and so simple! I used udon noodles and followed the recipe exactly. My husband, who is always reluctant to try my healthy/vegan/vegetarian dishes LOVED this one.

Added 5 soaked shitakes sliced thin, the broth and 1 tsp chopped ginger when returned to the hot pan. Topped with grated carrot...delicious.

doesn't boiling veggies and not using water drain away alot of nutrients?

I love this recipe - so simple and yummy. I like to add in a little baked tofu for some different texture and flavor.

This recipe is excellent I make it every 2 weeks in the winter. It is very quick to put together and super nutritious. Be sure to toast the sesame seeds. I added the grated carrots on top, thanks for the tip Joanne!

This dish is amazing; simple and tasty. I have shared it with several colleagues and they all agree.

to make this recipe REALLY amazing, add a tablespoon of chili garlic sauce and a cup of edamame. i make this recipe about once a week, love it!

I added adult beans, which added protein. Delicious