Kale Pesto

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Full of olive oil and wholesome ingredients! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fresh kale from my dad’s garden. So good!

My latest memories of pesto is from Italy. I had everything from pasta, paninies, meats, and pizza with pesto there. ITALY IS THE LAND OF #1 food. If you can master your favorite pesto you ย can incorporate it with just about anything. This recipe is full of antioxidants and will help energize you. I used South Union Bread to serve this recipe as an appetizer. Whole wheat works well and their Olive Ciabatta is great with this. Enjoy, it will go far!! ๐Ÿ™‚ * Feel free to add any additional herbs!

My ย top 5 favorite ways to use pesto, it’s not just a pasta topping:
Sauce, condiment, spread, marinate

  1. Zucchiniย ย Pasta (recipe coming soon)
  2. Sandwhiches (paninis) learned from Italyย yum!
  3. Spread for breads
  4. A top of salmon or shrimp
  5. ย Dressing in salad

Ingredients

Kale Pesto

  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cups parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 2 T lemon juice, optional
  • 1/3 cup-3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper (1/2 t for spicer) optional

In the bowl of a food processor, combine spinach, basil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and garlic cloves. Process with on-off turns, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until ingredients are starting to combine. With food processor running, drizzle olive oil until desired consistency is reached . Serve tossed into pasta, spread onto bread, as a sandwich spread or dip for veggies.

Happy cooking!

-Niki

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