Pasta with Lacinato Kale Pesto
Actually you can use any kind of kale, I just had the Lacinato left over from the shares.
This recipe makes a scant 1/2 cup of pesto or less – you only need a tablespoon or so per serving of pasta. It would also be lovely with grilled chicken or fish.
1 cup lacinato kale, roughly chopped (any kind of kale will work)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts or pine nuts, lightly crushed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or less)
4 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Extra cheese for serving (if serving with pasta)
- Add the kale, garlic, walnuts, and a generous pinch of salt to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a several times to combine.
- Slowly drizzle in the olive oil through the feed tube of the food processor. Depending on the consistency you like, you may not use all of the oil, so pour slowly. Run the machine continuously for a minute or two to obtain a very smooth consistency. Add more oil if the consistency of the mixture isn’t smooth.
- Add the cheeses and pulse to combine.
- Taste and correct for salt.
To use the pesto: Just toss with your favorite pasta, top with a little grated Parm, and serve!