, coarsely chopped
, (short pasta, like rotini, is best)
- Combine kale, red pepper, almonds and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until ingredients are finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, 2 tbsp olive oil and Parmesan cheese and process, scraping down the sides as needed until well combined.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
- Toss pasta with 3/4 cup pesto mixture, remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and chopped tomato.
- Add about 2 tbsp reserved pasta cooking water (more, if necessary) to loosen pasta, and season with salt and pepper. Tear remaining 1/2 cup basil leaves and sprinkle over pasta.
Thin pesto with pasta cooking water, stock or even butter or cream for those who are just learning to like it.
Nutrition (per serving)
- 23 g,
- 101 g,
- 17 g,
- 14 g,
- 682 mg.
Originally published in the Today’s Parent July 2014 issue.