Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds

My Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds is one of those dishes that pop up once in a while that change you life forever. A dish so visually striking, so simple and so incredibly delicious that you wonder why or how you'd not experienced it in your life before.

I ate a version of this in Rome which absolutely blew my socks off. As is typical with Italian food, there's not a lot to it, but boy, does it pack a punch! Who knew cabbage could taste THIS good!? The Italians, of course.

Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds

What's in a name?

Cavolo Nero is the Italian name, but this cabbage goes under other pseudonyms, such as Tuscan Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Lacinato Kale, Italian kale, Dinosaur Kale, Flat Back kale, Palm Tree Kale, Black Tuscan palm or just plain old Kale. It's utterly exhausting! I just go by its Italian name - Cavolo Nero! Basically, just go for the cabbage with the long, dark green stems and call it a day.

Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds

What makes Cavolo Nero Spaghetti so good?

  • The dish is simple. There is no giant roll call of ingredients. 6 simple ingredients. That's it.
  • The cabbage it centre stage. The flavour is a real surprise - it's cabbage like you've never tasted before.
  • The sauce is stunning! Look at the colour!! We eat with our eyes, and this is as appealing as it gets.

A simple pasta recipe

As you'll see below in the video, it's super simple it is to make at home. For the sauce (a kind of pesto) the almonds, all cooked together with the cabbage, help create a rich, creamy texture that clings to the pasta.

For pasta, I use regular dried spaghetti (a thick coarse variety will attract even more sauce) or sometimes penne. And if i'm feeling a bit fancy, I'll fry a slice of proscuitto and crumble it on top for a bit of added flavour and texture.

This sauce also works well with fresh egg pasta. A simple fettucini or papardelle or spaghetti noodle works well, if you want to impress yourself or guests even more. Learn how I make fresh egg pasta.

It's a no brainer that this dish is one of my all time favourite Italian dishes. It's a front runner in my 10 Best Pasta Recipes at

More delicious fresh pasta recipes.

Once you get the hang of making your own pasta there'll be no stopping you. Take a look at some of these super delicious home-spun pasta recipes. The Mezzelune pasta in particular is another Cavolo Nero triumph! Belissimo!

How to make my Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds

Spaghetti with Cavolo Nero & Almonds

Spaghetti with Cavalo Nero & Almonds

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