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Creamy Vegetable Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Kale

When it comes to pasta and sauces, the choices can be as varied as times that you cook it, because there may never be two times you make it exactly the same. An exact recipe is not really required, but sometimes it's good to be inspired by just one aspect of a recipe.  Maybe this will fit your craving today. You can use any pasta of course, but I decided to try the Smart Veggie Spaghettini by Catelli.


  • 2 - 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 - 3  Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (divided)
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • Smart Veggie Spaghettini (half a 340 g box)
  • 4 - 5 cups baby kale (if you can't get soft leaves, use spinach) 
  • grated Parmesan and fresh basil, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 
  2. Cut tomatoes in half,  Put in roasting pan or in cast iron pan. Drizzle with 11/2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning. Mix to coat and roast for about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat pot with salted water to cook pasta.
  4. In the meantime, cook onion in 1 Tbsp olive oil, until golden. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
  5. Sprinkle with flour and stir, adding milk a little at a time, continuing to stir until slightly thickened. 
  6. Add tomato paste and remaining seasonings (Italian, S/P, red pepper flakes) and simmer on low.
  7. Add pasta to boiling water. Cook until done ( 5 minutes) then add baby kale and bring to boil.
  8. Drain. Stir in sauce and roasted tomatoes. Serves 3 - 4
  9. To serve, add a few shakes of grated Parmesan and fresh basil


  1. Do you just leave the kale in the water, until it comes to a second boil?

    1. Yes, until it gets limp, usually just takes a second boil. Then stop the boil and drain and put everything in the pot to serve. Make sure it is the soft kale you get in the bags or containers, not the hard crinkly kind.


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