Perfect Pesto Pasta
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Whether you serve it hot or cold this is a winning pasta dish. Our Perfect Pesto Pasta gets its light, summery fresh taste from ingredients like kale, garlic, olive oil, and basil. Plus, this pasta is a beautiful, bright green, that makes it perfect for serving to company!
What You'll Need
- 1 cup olive oil, divided
- 4 cups chopped fresh kale
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 (1-ounce) package fresh basil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 (16-ounce) package rigatoni pasta
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
What to Do
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add kale and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until wilted.
- Place kale in food processor, add remaining oil, the pine nuts, garlic, basil, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Process until smooth.
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and place in a large bowl. Add kale pesto and tomatoes to pasta, and toss gently until evenly coated. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese and serve.
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Nutritional InformationShow More
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Calories 712
- Calories from Fat 396
- Total Fat 44g 68 %
- Saturated Fat 6.7g 34 %
- Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
- Protein 16g 31 %
- Cholesterol 7.3mg 2 %
- Sodium 538mg 22 %
- Total Carbohydrates 65g 22 %
- Dietary Fiber 4.6g 18 %
- Sugars 4.4g 0 %