Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Kale and Peas

Rotini Pasta with Tomatoes, Kale and Peas/

This dish has all the flavor components to spell “yummy”: whole grain pasta, fresh tomatoes, kale, peas and beans! Vary the amounts of peas and beans to your liking.  With a little bit of prep work, it comes together very quickly. I like it for dinner, but it’s also very tasty as a pasta salad for lunch  the next day.

Rotini Pasta with Tomatoes, Kale and Peas/

Serves 3-4

Prep Time: 25 minutes   Cook Time: 25 minutes


2 cups dry whole grain pasta (I recommend rotini)

2 cups (tightly) packed kale, stripped of its’ thick stems and chopped into bite sized pieces (I recommend lacinato kale)

2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped

2 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes (NOT packed in oil, no-sulfites added), cut into ½ “ pieces (kitchen scissors work very well), soaked in warm water

1 shallot, minced

1/8 tsp. hot pepper flakes

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ tsp. of dried basil

½ cup of frozen peas, thawed (or more to taste)

½ cup of cooked cannellini beans (or more to taste)

1-2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

¼ cup of fresh parsley, minced

Fresh pepper to taste


  • Soak sun-dried tomatoes in warm water until plump. Drain, but save soaking water.
  • In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions. Do not rinse
  • While pasta is cooking, steam kale until “al dente”. Depending on your steaming method, this can take anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes. (I use my electric pressure cooker and steam for 4 minutes, with quick pressure release)
  • Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high. Add shallots and hot pepper flakes and dry sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add a little (soaking) water, if shallots start to stick too much.
  • Add garlic and sauté for another minute or two.
  • Add fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and dried basil. Cook until the fresh tomatoes start to break up and resemble a very chunky sauce , approx. 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, cook until liquid is slightly reduced.
  • Add kale, beans and peas, combine well.
  • Add pasta, stir to combine and let cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add parsley and fresh pepper, stir to combine and serve. Enjoy!


To save time , you can steam the kale ahead of cooking the dish, as well as  soaking the sun-dried tomatoes.

Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Kale and Peas/



4 thoughts on “Rotini Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Kale and Peas

    • Nourish Yourself Now says:

      Thank you for trying the recipe, Anna! The taste of the tomatoes can make a big difference. I am so glad, you found a way to make the recipe work for you. I always look at my recipes as templates that can be changed to make them your own.


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