Kale Pesto is a nutrient filled sauce that is very versatile for cooking. It can be used with pasta or rice, meat or poultry, on pizza, bread or burgers. The possibilities are endless.
Pesto is basically made up of 4 ingredients (plus salt & pepper), you need a green, nuts, cheese and olive oil. My favorite greens to use are basil, spinach, kale and garlic scapes. For nuts, I like pine nuts, almonds, cashews or pecans. For cheese I always use parmesan and I always use olive oil.
This takes seconds to mix up and you have a fresh, deeply flavored sauce that will kick your taste buds into high gear.
- 2 cups kale, stems removed, packed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
- ¼ cup parmesan, shredded
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Place ½ of the kale in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add half of the olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the second half of the kale, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store, refrigerated in an airtight container, for 1 day. You can also freeze this in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Renee @ CreativeMamaMessyHouse says
I keep a basil and kale pesto in my freezer at all time. I made a huge batch of pesto from the end of last year’s harvest (except I omit the parmesan). I love mixing healthy greens in with the basil, my kids and husband can’t tell the difference! Check out my link “Spinach, Kale, and Garlic Pizza” to see my recipe.
Thank you for the comments. I am heading over to your site to check out your recipe for Spinach, Kale & Garlic Pizza, it sounds fabulous!
Nicolette Springer says
I love all kinds of pesto but I have never tried kale. I being trying this one soon. Thanks for sharing with the Mommy Brain Mixer. Hope to see you again soon.