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    Kale Pesto

    Kale Pesto. Photo by Karen Elizabeth

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    pammyowl's Note:

    Kale is so good for us, why not make pesto?

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    1. 1
      Blanch the kale in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes and chill down in a cold water bath, drain and squeeze excess water.
    2. 2
      Place into small work bowl of food processor and pulse to start breaking up the kale, add rough chopped garlic, process, add pine nuts, pulse several times.
    3. 3
      Slowly add the olive oils and lemon juice, process until everything is broken down. It will never be real smooth.
    4. 4
      Finally add the cheese and pulse a few times. Season with salt and pepper.
    5. 5
      If serving with pasta grate a little extra cheese over and add EVOO to the hot pasta, toss with pesto, serve with additional grated cheese.
    6. 6
      These are the basics of my recipe and the way that I prefer it, but you can add more garlic, lemon, or oil if you like.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 26, 2013


      Really liked the balance and health benefits of this pesto! I made using the walnut option and really enjoyed that the kale was not an overpowering factor/flavor. Recommend using good quality ingredients as each and every flavor in this recipe shines through. Thanks for the post.

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    • on February 25, 2013


      This was utterly yummy!! I made it with walnuts and pecorino cheese and loved every bite of it. It has a distinct kale flavour which goes very well with the walnuts. We had this with gluten free pasta. It's definitely a very interesting change of the usual pesto, and a great alternative for winter. Thanks for posting!
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    • on November 25, 2013


      Good for us and delicious too, I used pinenuts for a very tasty pesto. So very simple to prepare, I loved this recipe. Thank you, made in loving memory of Pammyowl, rest in peace, dear friend.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kale Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (452 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1332.6
    Calories from Fat 1257
    Total Fat 139.7 g
    Saturated Fat 17.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 61.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 21.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 10.8 g

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