Kale pesto

Kale pesto

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins No cook

Skill level



Makes enough for 10-12 servings

This leafy green cabbage-like vegetable is a genuine superfood - it's great whizzed up in place of basil in an Italian sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 85g pine nuts, toasted
  • 85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), coarsely grated, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 75ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 85g kale
  • juice 1 lemon
  • spaghetti or linguine, to serve

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  1. Put the pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, oils, kale and lemon juice in a food processor and whizz to a paste. Season to taste. Stir through hot pasta to serve, topping with extra Parmesan and olive oil, if you like.
  2. To store, put in a container or jar, cover the surface with a little more olive oil and keep in the fridge for a week, or freeze for up to a month.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2013

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bomba777's picture

Pesto was created long before the electric food processor so go original & make it in a big mortar and pestle . . . if you don't own one, shame on you, double so if you own an electric. You end up with far better texture & fuller flavor . . . mmmm, handmade pesto.

juliasusan's picture

I added a red chili for a bit of a kick. Gorgeous!

deesteve's picture

I'm a bit confused about the amount of oil in the ingredients list, is it really 2 lots of 75 mls of olive oil?

deesteve's picture

I'm a bit confused about the amount of oil in the ingredients list, is it really 2 lots of 75 mls of olive oil?

bluejay's picture
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I added a few drops of roasted sesame oil to the mixture of olive oils when processing in the blender and also usually add either rocket or watercress to the kale if I have any to hand. Either way it is a quick and delicious supper for one with fresh linguine.

mariowynjones's picture

Try replacing the kale with a mix of watercress and rocket for a pesto with more 'bite'

bomba777's picture

No, no, no, don't start that, putting a completely different recipe as a 'tweak.' See them all the time, like under a recipe for Coffee & Walnut cake: "I swapped the coffee for spice & switched the walnuts for carrots, it was delish." Arrrrgggghhhh!!!!

arellegee's picture

That made me laugh. There are also the reviews where they substitute ingredients then give the recipe a poor rating because it didn't work out well..... Sigh!