Kale Pasta Italian – Inspired Meals for Spring with Bertolli Pasta Sauce


I love the month of April!  Spring is fast approaching and the weather is starting to change.  I am starting to switch my ingredients a bit to match, while going for a little bit lighter taste compared to the heavier and heartier winter meals.  Pasta dishes are a hit in my home year-round.  My kids are sometimes tough to please but if there’s pasta involved there never seems to be any resistance.  My husband is always a fan of any type of Italian-inspired meals, especially when I make it light while he’s trying to keep things healthy.  On that note, integrating a little extra veggie is a great way to give a pasta dish that lighter, Spring appeal.









Kale is everywhere these days but is underutilized in pasta dishes.  With the right accompanying ingredients (which I think I’ve assembled here), you’ll have a healthy pasta treat that packs tons of nutritional value.  I chose just a handful of light and simple ingredients, and paired it with Bertolli Five Cheese Sauce.  There’s no need to add any extra cheese as this sauce has high quality Provolone, Parmesan, Romano, Aged Asiago and Fontina cheeses.  I especially love the hints of the aged Asiago and Romano flavors.  Bertolli makes the best traditional tasting pasta sauce, going back 150 years to roots in Lucca, Italy.





Bertolli is celebrating their milestone anniversary with a ‘Viva Bertolli’ page on their website, showcasing 150 ways bring Tuscany to your table.  I had a lot of fun reading through them, and learned some cool things too.  The best way in my opinion is by using a premium tasting pasta sauce like Bertolli.  It will make the difference and pair well as you explore even the untraditional ingredients like the shallots and kale in this recipe.





I also made another recipe of Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage that gives a meatier alternative yet is still suited for Spring with light elements for you to enjoy.





Learn 150 ways you can bring Tuscany to the table  and click here to  find out more about Bertolli products and recipes

Thank you to Bertolli for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to celebrate. Viva Bertolli!

Kale Pasta Italian - Inspired Meals for Spring with Bertolli Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Servings: 2 -4
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 cups Cooked Spaghetti
  • 4 cups Kale
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Shallots
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Bertolli Five Cheese Sauce
  1. Put olive oil in a medium saute pan
  2. Simply sauté the garlic, shallots then add Kale.
  3. Cook for about 3 minutes then add spaghetti and sauce
  4. Stir for 1 minute, remove from the pan then serve
Italian Baked Pastina with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 cups Pastina pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup sweet italian chicken sausage
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 jar Bertolli Five Cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes
  3. Drain pasta and set aside
  4. Put olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  5. Add chicken sausage and cook for 3 minutes
  6. Add the onions and garlic then cook until soft and sausage is cooked through for another 5 minutes
  7. Put the chicken sausage mixture into a bowl then add cooked pasta
  8. Add the Bertolli sauce, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  9. Place the whole mixture in a baking dish.
  10. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of pasta mixture
  11. Drop small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  12. Inspired by Food Network


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  • Reply
    Alli Rutherford Smith
    Apr 18, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I always lighten things up once spring rolls around too. My family loves pasta year round and I can’t wait to try your pasta inspired meals. Looks so yummy!

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    Apr 18, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Bertolli is our favorite so I know both of these recipes will be delicious. I especially like the one with fewer ingredients. Now I’m going to add pasta to our menu! Yum!

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    Mama to 5 BLessings
    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I love this brand! I buy it all the time, it is definitely the closest to homemade! Your dish looks amazing!

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    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I have to try both of these recipes because they sound so delicious and we haven’t had pasta at home at least a month or so 😛

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    Jenn@ EngineerMommy
    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love adding kale to my pasta dishes! It’s a great way to boost the nutritional value. Bertolli is one of my fave pasta sauces. It always adds such great flavor!

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    Dawn McAlexander (@TheNewClassy)
    Apr 18, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Kale is a great thing to add to meals for added nutrition. This looks like something I would really enjoy.

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    Tori Gabriel
    Apr 18, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Bertolli is already our go to pasta sauce. It is so flavourful and rich. I’ve heard a lot about kale recently but never considered adding it to pasta before.

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    Apr 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Bertolli is a great sauce. I love all the different varieties. This dish looks really good. We are big fans of kale.

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    Liz Mays
    Apr 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I could definitely do with some of this pasta right about now. I really like Bertolli and I could use more kale in my diet.

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    Sophie O'Reilly
    Apr 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I love Pasta, don’t think I have ever had the Bertolli Five Cheese Sauce before though, I like Cheese so must give this a go.

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    Amanda Love
    Apr 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Oh I would love to try this. We love kale and we make kale chips and every one in a while we’ll put it in our salad, but I have to make this recipe.

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    Apr 19, 2016 at 3:17 am

    I am a huge pasta lover and eat it as much as I can, loving this receipt. I need to make use of my Bertolli sauce

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    Apr 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Im saying Kale Yeah to all of this! Delicious I love this recipe!

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    Apr 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I love kale and have a slight addiction to it! ☺ I add it to everything I cook and eat. My family is about ready to boycott me and kale!

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    Ave Hla
    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Oh, this looks so delicious! I have to admit that I haven’t tried kale yet. It’s impossible to find it here in our island. We love Bertolli sauces though!

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    Mimi Green
    Apr 20, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Both of these look delicious. Like you, I switch to less heavy meals during the warm weather. I will be trying these out on the family.

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    Apr 21, 2016 at 4:19 am

    This looks so good and your photos are amazing. I love to incorporate kale into different recipes.

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    Apr 23, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Wow!! Amazing! I love kale and this pasta looks so fun! A delicious dish!

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