Kale Pesto on Whole Wheat Penne

Healthy whole wheat Penne gets an extra dose of green with a Kale Pesto sauce!


  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups (2 ounces/60 grams) freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces/250 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups cooked whole wheat penne


  • In a food processor, combine the pine nuts, garlic, kale, parmesan, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pulse to blend.
  • With the machine running, pour in the olive oil through the food tube in a slow, steady stream and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
  • Toss ½ cup of kale pesto over whole-wheat penne & season to taste. Add Parmesan or goat cheese to finished pasta as desired.

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