Penne Aglio Olio with Red Kale and Roasted Cauliflower

Penne Aglio Olio

with Red Kale and Roasted Cauliflower


Olive oil infused with simple, yet bold flavors is often used as a sauce in Italy, and that is literally what “aglio olio” translates to: garlic and olive oil. Red kale is an heirloom leafy vegetable, and its beautiful purple tinted leaves are low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and provides over 100% of your daily doses of Vitamin A and C. The kale pairs perfectly with chickpea pasta and crispy roasted cauliflower.

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35 min


  1. 1 shallot
  2. 3 cloves garlic
  3. 8 oz red kale
  4. 1 lemon
  5. 6 oz cauliflower florets
  6. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  7. 1 tsp roasted garlic sea salt
  8. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  9. 1 box Banza® penne
  10. ¼ cup vegan parmesan
  11. 2 tsp vegetable oil*
  12. 5 tbsp olive oil*
  13. Salt and pepper*
  14. *Not included
Allergens: N/A


  • Large pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Large nonstick skillet


Prepare the vegetables

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the penne. Peel and mince the shallot. Peel and mince 3 cloves garlic. Destem the red kale and roughly chop the leaves. Zest the lemon. Chop the cauliflower florets into smaller pieces.

Roast the cauliflower

Add the chopped cauliflower to a baking sheet and toss with 2 tsp vegetable oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until browned and crispy, about 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss with red wine vinegar.

Sauté the vegetables

Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the minced shallot, minced garlic, and just ¼ tsp roasted garlic sea salt and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped red kale and as many of the red pepper flakes as you’d like and cook until the kale is wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Cook the pasta

Add the penne to the boiling water and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just al dente (or slightly undercooked), about 5 to 8 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the penne and add it to the skillet with the kale.

Finish the sauce

Add the reserved pasta water and 3 tbsp olive oil to the skillet. Bring the pasta to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and add the lemon zest and half the vegan parmesan. Cook the penne until heated through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season the pasta with as much of the roasted garlic sea salt as you’d like.


Divide the penne aglio olio between large shallow bowls. Top with roasted cauliflower and sprinkle with the remaining vegan parmesan. Serve with lemon wedges.