Why not Linguini? Because I don't have any in the cupboard.
I went with Ree Drummond's Alfredo Sauce recipe from her t.v. show. The Alfredo from her blog adds the shredded cheese with the pasta, instead. We joked that we were having ice cream for dinner; it's pretty rare for me to serve something so rich.
My daughter was worried that tomatoes were going to ruin the Pasta Alfredo. Because the juices might dilute it. So for her, I got the juice and squishy parts out of the tomato and chopped them.
The kale I cooked separately in an iron skillet, with some store-bought pesto to season it.
The adults mixed the pasta, tomato, and vegetables in together on their plates. Some children ate their vegetables as solo side dishes instead. The surprise was the kale went first.
I think it's funny that the pesce-vegetarian in the house loves Pioneer Woman Cooks recipes. Ree Drummond lives on a ranch and does a lot of meat dishes, but the vegetarian dishes are often hearty.