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A bowl of pasta with cavolo nero in it.
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Quick Garlicky Cavolo Nero Pasta

A super simple vegan pasta dish made with seasonal Cavolo Nero kale. Perfect for a quick dish when you're hungry and want a tasty dish, quickly!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Keyword: cavolo nero, greens, pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 719kcal
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer



  • 180 g pasta Spaghetti or linguine work well.
  • 6 cloves garlic or more if you love garlic.
  • 200 g cavolo nero or other green such as spinach or cabbage.
  • 50 g pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Put the pasta water on to boil.
  • Finely slice the garlic and remove the cavolo nero from it's stalks. Shred the cavolo nero.
    6 cloves garlic, 200 g cavolo nero
  • In the frying pan, toast the pine nuts until slightly golden. Remove and set aside.
    50 g pine nuts
  • Add the pasta to the pasta water.
    180 g pasta
  • Sizzle the garlic and chilli if using in the olive oil. Add in the cavolo nero and turn in the pan.
    6 cloves garlic, 200 g cavolo nero, 1 teaspoon chilli flakes, 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Once the pasta is cooked al dente, reserve a ⅓ cup (50ml) of the cooking water, then drain
  • Mix the pasta in with the cavolo nero, tossing so the oil coats the pasta well.
  • Mix the nutritional yeast in with the reserved pasta water, then pour it over the pasta, mixing well. This will turn into a light cheesy coating for the pasta.
    2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • Mix the pine nuts into the pasta, then add salt & pepper to taste.
    Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Serve in bowls with extra nutritional yeast or pangritata (toasted breadcrumbs) to sprinkle over the top


Calories: 719kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 1047mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10295IU | Vitamin C: 123mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 5mg