Kale Pesto Pasta


  • 1 lb Pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 cups packed kale remove ribs (the thick stems)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios or hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a food processor add peeled garlic and process until garlic is minced.
  • Add the kale, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, olive oil, Parmesan and salt and pepper. Process until the pesto reaches your desired consistency, stopping to scrap down the sides as necessary.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Toss cooked pasta with pesto until pesto coats pasta. If needed, add a few splashes of water to thin.


Great plain or topped with tomatoes and served with sausage. Substitute some of the kale for basil for a more traditional pesto.
Keyword Kale
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