Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

Unlike pesto made with basil, this delicious kale version doesn't lose it's bright-green color. It also has more micronutrients and protective phytonutrients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make Pesto: Bring large pot of water to a boil. Fill large bowl with ice cubes and cold water. Plunge kale into boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Using tongs, transfer kale to ice bath. (The cold water allows the kale to keep its bright-green color.) After 3 minutes, drain kale in colander, then squeeze it firmly to press out excess water.
  2. Put kale, remaining pesto ingredients, and 1 teaspoon salt in food processor and puree until smooth. (Makes 1 cup.) Transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. (Keeps up to 3 days in the refrigerator.).
  3. Prepare Pasta: Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook until al dente, per package directions. Just before the pasta is done, remove 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and add it to the pesto. Add cheese and mix well.
  4. Drain pasta and toss with pesto. Serve with extra cheese, if desired.