Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Silky and sweet from the peas, with a boost of nutrients from the kale, this is just fantastic for any normal pesto application. Happens to be vegan, too! Stir into noodles, use it to sauce a pizza, spread on toasted baguettes as an appetizer--many possibilities. Amounts are, as always, just estimates. This makes a fairly large amount of pesto; I found that it keeps very well in the fridge, staying bright green if topped in its airtight container with just a bit of extra lemon juice.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 3 -6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- additional olive oil
- Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan (use one with a lid--you'll need it in a minute).
- Add and cook the kale on medium heat until it just begins to get tender, then add the minced garlic and cook 1 more minute until garlic becomes fragrant.
- Now add the peas, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, stir well, then add the lemon juice, a splash of water, and cover the pan.
- Once the peas are warmed through, turn off the heat and uncover.
- Carefully pour your cooked veggies into your food processor and pulse several times. Begin processing (lowest speed if you happen to have options), adding additional olive oil in a thin stream as necessary to achieve your desired consistency. If I have it around, I like to use the liquid from a jar of good olives at this point instead of the olive oil: it's up to you.
- Once you've reached a smooth consistency you're happy with, taste the pesto for seasoning. Add more salt/lemon juice/pepper as desired, pulse to combine, then you're done and ready to use your pesto!