Glowing Green Pesto Pasta

Glowing Green Pesto Pasta

The uniquely-flavored kale pesto makes this pasta a fun alternative to your typical basil pesto.




3 1/2 ounces fusilli pasta

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more

3/4 ounce kale (roughly 4-5 leaves), tough stalks removed, chopped

1/2 garlic clove

1/2 cup basil leaves

1/3 cup peanuts, roasted and unsalted, coarsely chopped

1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for sprinkling

lemon juice

sea salt flakes

freshly ground black pepper



Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and toss with a little olive oil.

Meanwhile, scrunch the kale with your hands to soften it, place in a food processor and pulse to a coarse paste. Add the garlic, the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the basil, peanuts, and Parmesan. Process to the desired consistency, adding more oil if necessary. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste, then toss with the hot pasta. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and chopped peanuts.

Reprinted from Super Foods Every Day, by Sue Quinn, copyright 2015 by Hachette Livre (Marabout), published in the U.S. by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography by Victoria Wall Harris


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