Bacon and Kale Pasta

It’s a new year and I’m trying out new meals. This is one recipe idea I’ve had scribbled down in my ideas book for ages, but I’ve not had the guts to try it out on the family. Now my lot are good at trying new things and generally I’m pretty lucky as they eat most things. But I wasn’t convinced that they would see this as a hit. Pasta, yes, bacon, yes… but kale and red cabbage too? I went for it as we had all the right ingredients just waiting to be used up.

However I was very pleased I went with it. It was an all round hit. Everyone had seconds. Maybe I should grow kale this year. 

Dietitian UK: Bacon and Kale Pasta 

Miss K:  “Mummy I love it, love it”.

Toddler boy: banging his bowl asking for more – admittedly he wanted the pasta more than the kale.

This is a fresh tasting, zingy pasta dish, with crunch from the kale and a hit of saltiness from the bacon and the cheese. 

Bacon and Kale Pasta
Serves 4
A fresh, zingy, crunchy pasta dish packed full of antioxidants and vitamins K, A and C.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
390 calories
66 g
13 g
8 g
17 g
2 g
286 g
347 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
286g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 13mg
4%
Sodium 347mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 66g
22%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
250%
Vitamin C
271%
Calcium
17%
Iron
18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  2. 6 rashers of back bacon
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 300g mixed kale and red cabbage chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove crushed
  6. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  7. 1 chilli finely chopped (optional) we added this after to the adults dishes
  8. 1 lemon, juiced
  9. 250g pasta (gluten free if required)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the chopped bacon and cook for a few minutes along with the onion.
  2. Now turn down the heat and add the kale, along with a splash of water if needed.
  3. Cook gently for 10 minutes, meanwhile cook the pasta.
  4. Add the garlic, rosemary and optional chilli to the kale.
  5. Strain the cooked pasta, adding a spoon of the water to the kale.
  6. Mix the pasta into the kale and add the lemon juice.
  7. Serve topped with grated hard cheese.
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calories
390
fat
8g
protein
17g
carbs
66g
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Dietitian UK http://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/
 

 

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