Kale and Walnut Pesto

Kale and Walnut Pesto
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 344.0
  • Total Fat: 29.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.7 mg
  • Sodium: 560.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 9.0 g

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Number of Servings: 6


    1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons walnuts
    1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves torn (about 12 cups)
    1 cup grated pecorino (2 ounces), plus more for serving
    1 small clove garlic
    kosher salt and black pepper
    1/2 cup olive oil
    3/4 pound whole wheat fusilli, penne, or some other short pasta (not calculated)


1.Heat oven to 350 F. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool. Chop 2 tablespoons of the walnuts and set aside.
2.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the kale and cook until bright green, 30 seconds. Transfer the kale to a colander (reserve the cooking water); squeeze dry when cool enough to handle.
3.In a food processor, combine the kale, pecorino, garlic, the remaining cup of unchopped walnuts, teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the machine running, add the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream.
4.Bring the reserved cooking water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the pesto and cup of the reserved cooking water and toss to coat (add more cooking water if the pasta seems dry). Serve the pasta sprinkled with the pecorino and chopped walnuts.

Serving Size: 4-6 servings

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BUDGETMOM.

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