Creamy Spaghetti with Kale & Sundried Tomatoes Print Recipe Print Recipe


We all recovered from Thanksgiving?

I have to say, juggling a baby and being a guest at a friend’s house, I sat just long enough to taste everything. I’m kind of regretting not going back for seconds. Anyone ever make a second Thanksgiving dinner? I seriously debating.

I apologize ahead of time if you were looking for a detox recipe. If you were, this is a great one.

For this, I basically added a salad to the pasta.  It’s a healthy balance.



I’m always trying out different types of pasta and recently came across Heartland Pasta. They have a huge selection, everything from gluten-free, whole grain, to hidden vegetable. I like the consistency and found it holds up nicely in dishes such as this.

These passed few [okay, nine] months I’ve eaten an embarrassing amount of pasta, but what’s most embarrassing  is the fact that it’s either made with olive oil and parmesan or butter. Just how a five year old eats their pasta…

Gluten-free pasta can be tricky. There’s a lot of pasta out there that falls apart or comes out mushy. I’ve also found cooking time can make a big difference, less is usually better.

I connected with the people over at Heartland, who are wonderful by the way, and did a fun little interview and profile for them. Jump on over and check it out!


I like to sneak add kale or greens of some sort whenever I can.



Disclosure: These products were paid/provided for by Heartland, but my opinions are my own.


Note: I’ve also made this with kalamata olives, thrown in leftover grilled chicken and it’s delicious! For a little spice, sprinkle a little red pepper flakes.


Creamy spaghetti with Kale & Sundried tomatoes

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  • 12 ounces dry Gluten-free Spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups kale, cut and removed from stem
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, removed from oil & chopped
  • Salt + pepper, to taste


In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti a few minutes short of the package instructions for al dente.

In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add half & half and mix with the melted butter to combine. Stir frequently until you’re ready to add the pasta.

Once the spaghetti is al dente move the pasta with tongs directly to the sauté pan – no need to drain.

Increase the heat to medium while you toss or mix the pasta with the butter and half & half. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and toss the pasta until its mixed into the sauce. You may add a little cooking water from the pasta if you need more liquid. Add the rest of the cheese and toss again to combine. Decrease heat and toss in the kale and sundried tomatoes and mix well to combine. Remove after a few minutes or until kale is just slightly wilted 

Sprinkle a little salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and enjoy!


Serves about 4



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  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Pasta with salad is the perfect detox meal! 🙂

  • Dana Schwartz

    Oh, I totally know how it is to juggle a new baby and “try” to eat Thanksgiving dinner 🙂 It’s what I did last year! Just wait until next year when your sweet guy is one, you’ll be able to have thirds if you want. But until then, make another, you deserve it! Love this recipe, by the way. I’ll make it with kale for me and chicken for my (picky) husband!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    Girl you know this meal is SO my jizzly jam.

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    This sounds so good and comforting.

  • Ashley

    This looks perfect and so easy. I love the short ingredient list and the sounds of that creamy but light sauce. I always have these ingredients on hand. Perfecto!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    I love everything about this, perfect for turkey detox!

  • carrian

    Ahhhh, something light, but still delicious. Love it!

  • Angie Barrett

    Hello Gorgeous Pasta!!

  • nest of posies

    this looks amazing. there is nothing like pasta…nothing. so comforting.

  • createdbydiane

    oh YUM, I love everything about this 🙂

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    YUM!! This looks amazing, I love how simple and light, yet beautiful this pasta dish is. Right about now I wish I hadn’t removed dairy from my diet earlier this year 🙁

  • Ashley

    I love love love kale, and adding it to pasta is such a major win! Also, totally loving your blog – happy I found it.