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Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic & Feta

Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic, & Feta. Whew, I am out of breath. I know, that is a really long name for a pasta dish, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave out any of the key ingredients. ALL of the ingredients in this pasta dish are stars!

This recipe comes from my fabulous sister-in-law, Whitney. When we went to California, she made us this dish and I immediately fell in love. We’ve been making it on a regular basis ever since. Whitney calls it “crazy spaghetti” and I think I know why because it is CRAZY good! Oh, and probably because Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic, & Feta is too long to say! Maybe I should stick with crazy spaghetti too!

I could eat this pasta dish every night. It is simple to make and the flavors are outstanding. You might question all of the flavors together, but after one bite, I guarantee you will be hooked like a worm on a fishing pole.The flavors work together in the most amazing way. The slightly bitter kale, sweet dried cranberries, salty kalamata olives and feta cheese mixed in with pasta just works! And don’t skip the toasted garlic on top, even if you claim to be a garlic hater, give the toasted garlic a chance in this dish. It’s awesome!

Go crazy tonight and make “crazy spaghetti” aka Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic, & Feta. This pasta dish is a staple in our home. We hope you like it as much as we do. Thanks Whit for sharing your c-c-crazzzzy good recipe!

Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic, & Feta

Yield: Serves 6-8

This pasta dish is also known as "crazy spaghetti" because it is crazy good-a family favorite!


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound spaghetti or other pasta(we use whole wheat)
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, cut into slivers-pits removed
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese


1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Cook onion in the remaining oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add dried cranberries and cook until plumped, about 1 minute.

2. Add kale leaves into onion mixture with water and 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until almost tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pasta pot of boiling salted water until aldente. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and drain pasta.

4. Toss pasta with kale, kalamata olives, and 1/2 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle feta cheese and garlic chips over the pasta dish and serve warm.

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64 Responses to “Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic & Feta”

  1. Kathryn — October 3, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    So many delicious flavours, love the addition of dried cranberries!

  2. Rosa — October 3, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    A beautiful and refined pasta dish which must taste really good!



  3. the 3volution of j3nn — October 3, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    I have been adding dried cranberries to everything lately, so this is everything I want in a pasta dish right now! The olives, and sweet cranberries… Aaah, so yummy. :)

  4. I’m with you, I could eat pasta every-night too!! I love it and their is much you can do with it! Your recipe looks amazing!

  5. Beth @ Tasty Yummies — October 3, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    This looks delicious. Sooo many of my favorite things in one dish. Ahhh!

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 3, 2012 @ 8:43 am




  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 3, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    The dried cranberries are such a cool addition to the pasta! Never would’ve thought to throw those in.

  8. Lindsey @ Family Food Finds — October 3, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    What a great combination of flavors for a pasta dish! Your sister-in-law is a genius! I will be making this for sure!

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 3, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Maria, That is one glorious bowl of pasta!! I want…

  10. Kristen — October 3, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Loving all the different flavors in this pasta!

  11. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — October 3, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    long name but great ingredients!!

  12. Audrey | That Backpacker — October 3, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Mmm, I like anything with feta, and those olives just add a little something extra. :)

  13. Ashley - Baker by Nature — October 3, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    This is such a perfect pasta for fall!

  14. JulieD — October 3, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    This looks amazing!!! I want some…just discovered my love for kalamata olives this year!

  15. Kate@Diethood — October 3, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    This is crazy-delicious!! I can’t wait for it to be the star of our dinner table. I am absolutely in love with this dish!

  16. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 3, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    my mouth is watering out of control. love this!

  17. Julia — October 3, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Crazy pasta sounds pretty much perfect to me. I can almost taste the sweet and salty combo in my mouth, just begging for more!

  18. Marla Meridith — October 3, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Love the sweet twist with those tangy cranberries!! Lovely fall pasta :)

  19. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal — October 3, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    That’s such a long, but delicious pasta. Yumm!

  20. natalie@thesweetslife — October 3, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I absolutely love the sound of this! Must try soon!

  21. Lisa | With Style and Grace — October 3, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    So many yummy ingredients in this dish!

  22. Just tried kale with pasta recently, so good! Love all the stars here, sounds fresh and delicious.

  23. susan — October 3, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    there is nothing better than a “crazy” good dish.

  24. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 3, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    I love pasta with kalamata olives! This dish is a must make for me :)

  25. sweetsugarbelle — October 3, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    My mouth is watering already! Cannot wait to head to town to pick up the ingredients! Awesome recipe, Maria!

  26. The Hungry Housewife — October 3, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Ohhhhhhh deeeee-lish Maria! The salty olives to the sweet cranberries…..must taste like heaven!

  27. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 3, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    This doesn’t sound crazy at all to me… I love all the flavors you included!

  28. Christy@SweetandSavoring — October 3, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    I’m pretty sure my mouth immediately started watering when I read the title of this post :) Kalamata olives are hard to go wrong with, but throw in feta, kale, garlic and pasta? I’m so there! Dried cranberries are unexpected, but I’m trusting that the sweetness will be a nice addition :)

  29. HeatherChristo — October 3, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    awesome. My husband will love this with the feta and kalamatas! (i love the cranberry addition!)

  30. Julie @ Table for Two — October 3, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    i love how healthy and flavorful this pasta dish is! i’m a huge fan of pasta and adding all these ingredients just sounds so so good right now!

  31. Des — October 3, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    I just finished dinner a little bit ago but I want to eat like 3 plates of this. I love everything about it!

  32. Julia | — October 3, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    Your pasta dish looks so delicious. And I am so hungry right now, I’ll eat anything!

  33. I think I could definitely be hooked on this crazy spaghetti!

  34. Kalyn — October 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    You had me at kale, but all the other ingredients sound great too!

  35. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — October 4, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Omgsh Maria! This looks amazing. I can just imagine the kale, cranberries, and feta melding together perfectly. I’m going to try it with a whole grain pasta like you suggested. Thanks!

  36. Joanne — October 4, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    I’m thinking this is DEFINITELY called crazy pasta because it’s crazy delicious! I love all of its components.

  37. Dara — October 4, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I think you may have created the perfect fall pasta dish. Can’t wait to try it! I may add some roasted butternut squash since I can’t get enough of that in the fall!

  38. Deliciously Organic — October 4, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    So many of my favorites flavors wrapped in one dish!

  39. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — October 4, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I want this right now!!! This looks awesome.

  40. Adam — October 4, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Just added this to our Craving – Must Make! Pinterest board! Love the flavor combo.

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