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Kale pesto

Published: September 7, 2021 at 1:38 pm
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  • Easy
  • Serves 2

We've swapped basil for kale to make this vibrant and versatile Italian sauce – toss through spaghetti, add to pastry tarts or stir through baked gnocchi

  • Vegetarian
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Make your own kale pesto, then check out our recipes for kale pesto sauce and classic pesto. For another herby condiment, try our zingy salsa verde.

Check out our pasta sauce recipes for the ultimate cheese sauce, white sauce and bolognese sauce.

Ingredients

  • 75g kale, chopped, tough stalks discarded
  • ½ a clove garlic, chopped
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, juiced
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the kale into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, then add the garlic, parmesan, oil, pine nuts and lemon zest and juice, and whizz until smooth. Add a splash of water to achieve a dressing-like consistency, and season.

Check out our pesto recipes for ways to use your homemade sauce

Pesto Tart Recipe with Potato
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