This Creamy Kale Pasta Recipe Features Cottage Cheese as a Secret Ingredient

Get ready to experience a pasta dish like no other! This creamy kale one offers a twist – it includes a secret ingredient that adds flavor and extra protein. Say hello to cottage cheese, the hero of this dish, elevating its nutritional and creamy textures to new heights.

Creamy Kale Pasta with a Protein Twist: Cottage Cheese Delight
Creamy Kale Pasta

Ingredients for Creamy Kale Pasta

12 oz. short pasta (like Gemelli)
2 scallions, roughly chopped
1 5-oz. pkg. baby kale
1/2 c. cottage cheese
1/3 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

How to Make the Pasta

Step 1: Begin your culinary adventure by cooking your choice of pasta per the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water, drain, and return pasta to pot. You’ll soon see the magic unfold.

Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, gather scallions and 3 cups of kale in a food processor and finely chop. Now, here’s where the cottage cheese enters the scene. Add it to the parmesan and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and pulse to combine.

Step 3: Scrape down the sides, and while the machine is running, gradually add oil and puree until you achieve a smooth texture.

How to Make the Pasta

Step 4: Toss your cooked pasta with the sauce, ensuring every bit is coated. But that’s not all! Add the remaining 3 cups of kale and a couple of tbsp of pasta water to wilt the kale. For the finishing touch, serve it topped with additional Parmesan and freshly cracked pepper. This crowns the dish with a burst of flavor.

In just a few steps, you have mastered a dish that’s visually captivating and has a harmony of textures and flavors. So, gather your ingredients, let your creativity flow, and treat yourself to this explosion of taste that is creamy kale cottage cheese pasta!