Caesar Pesto Pasta

caesar pesto pasta
  • 4Servings


  • Salt and coarse black pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 cup packed coarsely chopped outer romaine leaves or lacinato kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup grated pecorino-romano (about a generous handful), plus more for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup EVOO


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Using a food processor, puree the romaine (or kale), cheese, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste and worcestershire; season with pepper. Add the pine nuts and about 1/4 cup EVOO and process. Stream in additional EVOO to form a thick pesto; season with salt.

In a pasta bowl, combine the pasta, pesto and reserved pasta cooking water; toss to combine. Serve with more cheese.