Pesto pasta is a wonderful dish – it’s creamy, zesty and wonderfully satisfying, but it can also be quite fatty. It doesn’t necessarily have to be, though! Kale pesto makes for a delightfully tasty substitute from standard basil pesto and incorporates the healthier benefits of kale, including all of the nutrients and vitamins it offers, helping to balance out the oil and cheese in traditional pesto.
It’s also incredibly delicious and has become one of my favorite dishes to make, as I always have fresh or frozen kale for making delicious meals. Pesto traditionally uses basil, walnuts, lemon juice, garlic and parmesan, but by replacing the basil with kale, you can easily have some of this delicious pesto around for anything and everything.
Pasta with Kale: A Delicious Combination
Kale pesto can be used for a lot of unique dishes, ranging from tomato, mozzarella and pesto sandwiches and pizza options to salads and more. I opted to use this kale pesto to make a delicious pasta dish, which I think really shows off the flavorful blend of ingredients that go into it.
I love impressing guests with this dish, as pesto often seems like a novelty pasta sauce to a lot of my friends. It makes a great dinner or lunch but can also be used as a side for more festive dinners like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Plus, it’s extremely easy to make and takes only a little bit of time to prepare and cook all of the ingredients. So why not get a little green with your dinner? Here’s my choice for the best kale pesto and pasta recipe out there.
- 4 cups kale, chopped with ribs and stems removed
- 1 pound pasta, bowtie or farfalle
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 large lemon
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup parmesan, freshly grated