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Kale-Walnut Pesto Pasta

December 2010
Kale-Walnut Pesto Pasta

by 12 people

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This colorful carb doubles as a supporting side to any holiday roast.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/2 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound gemelli pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
  1. In a large pot of salted water, cook the kale until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the kale to a colander and rinse with cold water. Add the pasta to the pot and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, squeeze the kale to remove the excess water. In a food processor, combine the kale, walnuts, garlic and parmesan until almost smooth; season with salt and pepper. With the machine running, add the olive oil.
  3. Add the pesto to the pasta, along with enough pasta cooking water to loosen the pesto as necessary. Serve sprinkled with more parmesan.