Kale Pesto Pasta

Number of Servings: 8 (114g)
Active Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: None
Kale Pesto Pasta

Pesto made with kale adds another delicious option for consuming this popular green. If kale isn’t your jam, reach for your favorite in-season green. Spinach would be mild in flavor. Arugula would offer a nutty spice. Beet greens would provide a pleasant parsley-like bitterness. The important thing is to enjoy more green, leafy veg.


  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups kale leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more to taste
  • 1 lb whole-grain pasta
  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Fresh black pepper


  1. GrindĀ  the almonds and garlic until they resemble coarse meal. Add the kale, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup cheese and olive oil. Process until the pesto is the consistency you like.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well, and pour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the pesto, tomatoes and 1/2 cup of cheese. Season with fresh black pepper, to taste.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 114g

Amount per serving
Calories 355
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 11mg 3%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 170mg 15%
Iron 0.5mg 0%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Vitamin A 49.7mcg 6%
Vitamin C 13.1mg 15%
Vitamin E 3mg 20%
Vitamin K 62.4mcg 50%
Thiamin 0mg 0%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 0.7mg 6%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 17.8mcg 4%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 5.3mcg 15%
Chloride 20.6mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.1mg 0%
Phosphorus 47.2mg 4%
Iodine 0.1mcg 0%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Zinc 0.3mg 0%
Selenium 0.5mcg 2%
Copper 0.2mg 20%
Manganese 0.3mg 15%
Chromium 0.2mcg 0%
Molybdenum 3.6mcg 8%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Whole Grain Penne (whole Grain Durum Wheat Flour, Semolina (wheat), Durum Wheat Flour, Oat Fiber), Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese (milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Kale, Almonds, Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper.

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