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Looking for a fresh and healthy way to start the week? Instead of basil and pine nuts, this delicious recipe uses kale and almonds for a nutty, superfood twist on traditional pesto. Sarah, Recipe Hunter

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Kale Pesto Pasta

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This cold weather is perfect for a slow cooked, comforting, filling meal to help warm us up from the inside out. But, sometimes you need something just a little fresher and healthier to lighten things up. We’re always looking for new, creative pasta dishes that aren’t loaded down with heavy sauces or cheese and this recipe certainly fits the bill!  This twist on traditional pesto pasta uses seasonal, nutrient-rich kale instead of basil, giving the sauce a deep green color and earthier flavor. And, the pesto gets an extra dose of nuttiness by using toasted almonds instead of pine nuts. Toss the sauce with your favorite shape of pasta and a splash of reserved pasta water for a healthy, delicious start to the week. Plus, this is equally delicious hot or cold so make extra and save the rest for lunch tomorrow.


Joanne and Adam Gallagher

Publishers, Inspired Taste

Joanne and Adam Gallagher from Inspired Taste

Inspired Taste is a collection of fun and easy recipes we’ve created in our own kitchen. Together. We love to add fresh and fun twists to recipes that everyone can make.

Joanne and Adam are truly a match made in heaven! As the husband and wife team behind Inspired Taste, they connect over their mutual passion for food and cooking, with Joanne doing (most of) the cooking and Adam manning the camera for their beautiful photos. Their blog is full of a huge collection of sweet and savory recipes so you’re sure to find something you’ll love but one thing that all of their creations have in common is that they were created by both Joanne and Adam together. Teamwork = success.

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Kitchen Basics: Save the Pasta Water

When boiling pasta, save some of the reserved starchy pasta water and add to your sauces to help the sauce stick the pasta and have a silky consistency.

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    I made the kale pesto right away when I received this recipe by email, and it was delicious…light, bright, and full of flavor. We couldn’t wait for the pasta, so we opted to have it with a baguette right away. The recipe makes a good amount of pesto which kept well for a few days. In fact, this pesto stayed much fresher than the basil pesto I usually make. Kale pesto…a delicious, power food!

    • That’s so great to hear, thanks for sharing your story with us! Kale wilts much slower than basil so it will stay fresher for longer..though it doesn’t seem like it needs to last that long in your house!