clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon


5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 1 review

  • Author: Lisa Bollow
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Quick, easy, delicious dinner filled with flavor. Make this ahead for a quick freezer to oven meal.


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint chopped mushrooms
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lb ground beef, pork, chicken, or vegetarian option
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 12 oz premade pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 box (1 lb dry pasta) any “shell” variety — macaroni, cavatappi, penne, will all work great.


  1. Heat your olive oil in a dutch oven.
  2. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add salt, pepper, oregano, thyme.
  4. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute for 10 minutes.
  5. Add chopped kale and saute for 10 minutes.
  6. Add can of diced tomatoes.
  7. While kale is being sauteed, brown ground beef in a separate pan.
  8. Once ground beef is browned, add to the dutch oven with the kale, and other veggies.
  9. Add dry, uncooked pasta to the dutch oven.
  10. Add water and pasta sauce to dutch oven, stir and cook for 10 minutes.
  11. At this point all of the ingredients should be in the dutch oven EXCEPT the shredded cheese.
  12. Your pasta will be al dente at this point. That is what you want. When you move it to the oven to finish, the pasta will be perfectly soft.
  13. Layer 1/2 of your beef, kale and pasta mixture in your 9×13 pan.
  14. Sprinkle 4 oz of shredded cheddar cheese over the top, don’t mix it in.
  15. Add remaining beef, kale and pasta mixture and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
  16. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven, uncovered.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Casserole, Dinner, Make Ahead
  • Cuisine: American
Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes
Vine + Plate (“we” or “us” or “our”) may use cookies, web beacons, tracking pixels, and other tracking technologies when you visit our website, including any other media form, media channel, mobile website, or mobile application related or connected thereto (collectively, the “Site”) to help customize the Site and improve your experience. Ok