Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan)

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If you’re trying to up your meal prep game, making your own dips and sauces can be a game changer! One of my favorites is pesto that is packed with nutrients, full of flavors, and so versatile. You can serve it with pasta, slather it on your toast, use it in sandwiches, serve it with roasted vegetables and proteins, use it in pizza, salads, etc. As you can see the options are endless!

I usually serve this pesto with gluten-free red lentil, black bean, green pea, or edamame pasta with a side of vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini sauteed in coconut oil with garlic, topped with hemp hearts and/or nutritional yeast. Simple, yet so flavorful and delicious!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This kale walnut pesto is a nutritional powerhouse and so versatile - you can use it on any type of pasta, bread, cracker, vegetables, sandwiches, etc. In this recipe we paired it with a gluten free pasta but if you are looking for less carbs or a lighter dish add the pesto to veggies or a sandwich! This pesto is great because walnuts are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc and healthy monounsaturated fats, and the kale brings plenty of vitamins A and C which serve as antioxidants within the body!

By Liz Lederman

Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

2 cups packed kale
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove
Unrefined sea salt, black pepper & chili flakes, to taste
Dash of water, if needed
12 ounces gluten free pasta

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Mix with pasta or serve with veggies and enjoy!
Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth Mix with pasta or serve with veggies and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 363; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 366 mg; Potassium: 193 mg; Carbohydrate: 50 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 11 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 70%; Vitamin A: 67%; Iron: 12%; Calcium: 6%

Easily add in some protein with a scoop of Further Food Collagen Peptides!

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