Rating: 3.2 stars
1105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 269
  • 3 star values: 428
  • 2 star values: 223
  • 1 star values: 49

This is a hearty and healthy baked pasta dish for the whole family.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain; return to pot. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is beginning to soften, 4 minutes. Add kale, cover, and cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to pot with pasta.

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  • Stir in chicken, ricotta, lemon zest, and 1/2 cup Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; top with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until top is golden, 30 minutes.

Reviews (26)

1105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 269
  • 3 star values: 428
  • 2 star values: 223
  • 1 star values: 49
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2019
This is a great recipe. Minor tweaks included using a legume-based (chickpea) gluten-free pasta due to family needs, and ramping up the seasoning a bit with added garlic granules, onion granules, sprinkling of aleppo pepper and splash or two of coconut aminos (we love them as a basic seasoning). I did add some pasta water to the mix because it seemed dry (consistent w/other reviewer comments)..... and used way less ricotta!!! by about 50% less. The 48 oz ricotta in the recipe seems WAY off, like, maybe an error: our ricotta typically comes in 12 oz containers, so that would be 4 containers worth and that volume simply doesn’t jive with the proportions of other ingredients and seasonings, not in my experience (and being a southern Italian, I cook frequently with ricotta ...) Were it not for that pissible glitch I might have given this 5***** instead of 4****.
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2018
I was looking for a quick dinner idea to use up some items I had in the fridge and found this casserole. I quickly glanced at the list of ingredients without paying much attention to the amounts. As I got started with preparation, I realized I only had about 2/3 of the ricotta called for. So I reduced the recipe proportionately, using only 8 oz. pasta rather than 12 oz. The resulting amount of casserole mixture still filled a 9x13 pan about 2/3 full. It was plenty to serve my husband, myself, and our four small children with a little leftover. I did read several of the reviews, but only made very small changes based on that feedback. The chicken I had was some roasted breast meat and was well-seasoned. I heavily salted the water to season the pasta. I saved about a cup of the pasta water. After I stirred together the mixture, I tasted it and added salt and pepper to taste, as well as about 1/2 cup of the pasta water to thin it out a bit. The only other difference from the original recipe is that I used whole-milk ricotta rather than part-skim, because that is what I had on hand. The casserole was simply flavored, but well-seasoned and was not dry. I would make this again.
Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2018
This was definitely dry - after reading reviews, I made some adjustments making 2 variations in 2x square pans which helped. I think if I made it again, I'd use way less ricotta than in the recipe - probably about half as much as it calls for. For my adjustments, I added store bought pesto (4 big teaspoonfulls) as well as a cup of sundried tomatoes packed in oil - I omitted the lemon zest. The olive oil really helped the moisture. For the second variation, I added the juice of 2 lemons and the zest of two lemons and this was bright and delicious. I also drizzed some olive oil on both which kept things more moist.
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2018
very dry...I added a little heavy cream and grated mozzarella. Also, too much pasta
Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2017
Needs more salt, pepper, garlic, ital seasoning and liquid. lots more liquid.
Rating: Unrated
10/05/2016
I noticed a lot of people were complaining about this recipe being bland, I tried it out and made a few tweaks, including adding cumin, paprika, and herbs. I also added pasta water and milk to the cheese mixture to make it more of a sauce. Turned out great! -Rose Fall, blogger at Eat Sleep Reheat
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Rating: Unrated
09/07/2015
I came across this recipe because it looks easy and I love the combination of ingredients. I haven't made it yet but I can almost guarantee why people have said its bland. You're adding an entire tub of ricotta without seasoning it. Try adding salt, pepper, an egg, some fresh thyme or any other herb to the ricotta before adding it. Depending on your chicken you might want to season that too. Adding seasoning to every layer creates a tasty dish!
Rating: Unrated
08/12/2015
I tried this recipe and with a few changes adding cream to the kale mixture and added salt and pepper as I went along. I also season the chicken before I added it to the mixture.
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2015
I made this recipe for my wife, mother-in-law, and myself. The only one that enjoyed it was the disposal.
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2014
We made this last night with spinich. It was incredibly bland! I think we will play with adding spices to this the next time we make it to give it more flavor. The combination of ingredients are fine, it just doesn't have any other background flavoring beyond the creaminess. We think the chicken could be seasoned before adding it to the sauce as well as using a white onion instead of a yellow one. Taste the food at each step to make sure it has a better balance beyond the cream flavor.
Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2013
I added some heavy whipping cream during the kale sauté process, as well as some thyme. It all baked up nicely and we didn't find it to be dry or bland, at least not with the additions we made. It was yummy! And we have leftovers for days (just the 2 of us), which is awesome because we work from home and often need a quick lunch (really, we just forget to eat lunch until we're starving and then it's like "Feed me now, ahhhhh!"). I recommend it; kind of like a white lasagna, you could say.
Rating: 3 stars
08/30/2013
I made this tonight (because I've just discovered kale is a pretty tasty thing!) and I found it has a good flavor, but like others have said it is very dry. I used 36oz of ricotta. After pouring it into the baking dish I thought it really needed something more so I added a little mozzarella cheese to the top. It is very tasty and the lemon zest gives it a different twist but next time I'll add some sort of cream sauce. This time a dollop of sour cream on top of my serving did the trick!
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2013
I'm a big fan of edf and make lots of the recipes and I have to say I love is simple, hearty casserole. I don't think there are any changes that need to be made... I disagree with some of the comments that it was dry or bland. I thought it was wonderful just the way the recipe is, I will make it again and again!
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2013
I followed this recipe and I intend on using it again... with some further modifications. I roughly halved the recipe and used less cheese than recommended due to my limited lactose tolerance. I added fresh thyme which was a nice touch, but is was still lacking a bit in the flavour department. Next time I will add more herbs/spices. Other reviews stated that the recipe was dry, so I added half a can of coconut milk and that seemed to do the trick... without really messing with the flavour.
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2013
I tried this recipe because I had a bunch of Kale I wanted to use. I agree with the dish was quite dry and bland and the 32oz of ricotta I added didn't help with the dryness either :/. The following day I added a can of cream of mushroom and extra seasonings and put it back in the oven for a few min and that helped. Id like to make it again knowing this is such a blank canvas recipe that you can add your own flair to. I think some crumbled mild sausage would be yummy! And definitely a sauce.
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2013
I love the recipe when I read it so I had to try it. Instead of plain shredded chicken, I sauteed the raw chicken with the onions and garlic and added some thyme to boost the flavor. I also felt it needed some textural crunch so I topped it with panko crumbs and parmesan cheese. The minor changes worked out for me.
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2013
This dish was good; but I'll agree with the other reviewers, I thought it could use more flavor. I personally had no issues with the amount of ricotta; I made a half recipe in a smaller casserole dish, and the consistency came out fine.
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2013
I found this really bland and dry. I anticipated the dryness and added about a half cup of chicken stock, but it was still pretty dry. And an herb of some sort would have really added to this dish -- sage, thyme, even tarragon. Next time I will up the chicken stock, add more salt and add some fresh herbs.
Rating: Unrated
01/17/2013
This was really really good! So easy and I loved the lemon flavor in this dish. Can't get much easier than this recipe. I shared this dish with a neighbor and they really liked it too. Yummy!
Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2013
Taking note of other reviewers' comments about the amount of ricotta, I only bought one 15-oz carton and it wasn't enough to moisten the chicken, pasta and kale. I happened to have a 17-oz carton of mascarpone so I added about half of the carton to the mixture and that improved the consistency a lot. I also seasoned the kale and the chicken as I went along, again noting reviewers' comments about blandness. Still, I wasn't wild about the dish; will finish eating it but not make this dish again
Rating: Unrated
01/16/2013
Made this last night and wasn't a huge fan as I thought it was lacking in favor and drier than I hoped--perhaps using an egg/cheese in the ricotta would have made this creamier. I think it could use some mushrooms in the mix too. This is the first dish I haven't been a big fan of....not sure I would make again.
Rating: Unrated
01/13/2013
This is REALLY good - it's going into the rotation as a way to get Kale into my diet without it tasting like, well, Kale... which I find bitter. Yeah, there's a typo - 48 ounces of ricotta is excessive. I substituted a 500g container of 1% Nordica cottage cheese, which I strained through cheesecloth to reduce the moisture. (I live in Canada, cottage cheese where you live may be different, so proceed with caution!) Also I only needed 1 bunch of Kale, maybe it was a big one, though.
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2013
I made the mistake of using fat free ricotta. It did not turn out well at all. The fat free makes a very dry mix. I did use 3 - 15 oz containers. I am going to make notes from you gals and try a bit of sherry and the cherry tomatoes sound like a great addition, tool
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2012
This recipe is a keeper. First, I can confirm that there must be a type-o in the ingredients -- I used a 15oz container of ricotta and it was plenty for the full recipe. For extra flavor, I followed the previous tip and used a bit of sherry. Also added a quarter cup of seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs on top. A bit of fresh lemon before serving worked great too.
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2012
This recipe was my first time cooking kale -- and it was quite good. I cut it back to make only three servings, and noting that the previous reviewer thought it needed more flavor, I deglazed the pan with sherry and added a few shakes of Worchestire sauce when stirring in the ricotta cheese. Only used a small container of ricotta (15 oz) -- 48 oz seems like a lot, even if making the full recipe for 8 servings.
Rating: 2 stars
01/05/2012
I was a bit disappointed by this recipe. It tastes like all of the parts that are in it, but hasn't melded together. Perhaps it's because we didn't use a rotissere chicken... maybe the saltness would have helped the dish. We just baked some chicken breasts and found the whole thing rather boring. Added sauted garlic and cherry tomatoes to the leftovers and that helped somewhat.