Kale Pesto Pasta

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I got so many emails and messages of people who were going to give it a try, or who were passing the information along, and it just warmed my heart! So thank you for that πŸ™‚

Tonight’s recipe is one of my all time FAVORITES.

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I don’t know about you – but it has been raining cats and dogs ALL WEEK in New York City. Mother Nature just won’t let up! And so naturally, the LAST thing I wanted to do was to traipse through the rain to go grocery shopping. So thankfully, I used Amazon’s Prime Pantry and got all of these ingredients delivered for free, hallelujah. (And you can try it free, by clicking here.)

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But do you every just crave pasta? A plate of warm, slurpy goodness that would make your inner Italian grandmother proud?

With this rain, honey, I sure did.

So I decided to make my most cozy and favorite pasta dish.

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And I’m giving you TWO options for it — you can either use traditional spaghetti (gluten free or otherwise) or zoodles (spirlized zucchini) for my Specific Carbers out there πŸ™‚

But this dish packs a nutritional PUNCH!

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First of all, I love using quinoa pasta – which is gluten free and packed with protein. If you’re unaware, quinoa is a complete protein, which is music to the ears of my fellow vegans out there!

And then the sauce is ALL VEGGIES! In fact, this pasta could be called a Cruciferous Carnival — because the pasta is tossed with roasted cauliflower, and the pesto is a puree of broccoli, kale and basil! Talk about a nutrient dense meal!

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And it’s Gluten Free, Vegan and Paleo, with a Specific Carb Diet twist, and is 100% delicious!

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Here’s What You Need: (Serves 3-4)

1 box quinoa pasta (This is my favorite brand) (or 4 zucchinis, spiralized)
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets and roasted

1 big stalk of broccoli, broken into florets and steamed
3 stalks of kale, stems removed, chopped, and steamed
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 big garlic cloves
1 Tbsp EVOO
sea salt
reserved pasta water

Food processor (this is the one I love)
Steamer basket (or Pyrex measuring cup)
Baking sheet
Good Chef’s Knife (this is the one I use)
Tinfoil (I use non-stick and it is a game changer)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place your cauliflower florets on an olive-oil sprayed, tinfoil-lined baking sheet. Toss the florets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown, flipping halfway through.

While they’re baking, toast the pine nuts over low heat in a dry pan, until fragrant. Also – steam your broccoli and kale for about 5 minutes, until bright green and tender. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside to cool slightly. Then, blend it with the pesto ingredients, and about 3/4 cup of pasta water in the food processor until thick and creamy. Adjust salt to taste. Toss with the cooked pasta and roasted cauliflower. Garnish with chopped basil. YUM!

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With this outrageous pasta, I served broiled halibut. I broiled this wild, ocean-caught fish for 10 minutes with 1 tsp EVOO, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin and garlic powder.

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This meal was so delicious! The pasta was so unbelievably yummy! The flavor was bright and fresh from the basil! And the steamed broccoli made it so creamy and luxurious! It was hard to believe that there wasn’t any cream or butter in it because it was so rich and decadent tasting! Thank you broccoli!

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And it coated the spaghetti so fabulously! Slurpy, creamy and hearty, but incredibly light! And the roasted cauliflower was nutty and superb. It provided a nice crunch too! It was almost like they were cauliflower “meatballs!”

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**And the SCD version is equally as divine. Nothing beats zucchini noodles. Nothing. I suggest tossing them in a little olive oil and flash heating them in a frying pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes to warm them through.

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Here’s this same recipe with ZOODLES!

Give this superfood pasta dish a try. It’s super delish!!

What’s your favorite rainy day meal??

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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24 responses to “Kale Pesto Pasta”

    • Thank you so much!! I hope you do! It’s honestly one of my absolute favorites! Have a great night!! Hugs and love xox

  1. I’m usually not a fan of vegan/GF recipes; however, this one caught my eye on IG. Maybe because green is my fave color. ANyway, looks and sounds delicious! Might give this a try next week. Take care!

    • Hey Johnzelle!! Oh I hope you do! It really is amazing. If you’re looking to add a little something-something to it, you can add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese to the pesto, and that would be divine! πŸ™‚ I love green too! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šHugs and love xox

      • I’ll defibitely add the Parmesan. And I want to use up some of the frozen meat we have from past recipes. Can’t wait!!!

  2. πŸ™‚ You look so happy and beautiful. (We perhaps don’t realise the full impact diet has on our bodies, I cut out milk (except cheese πŸ˜€ ) coffee, chocolate etc and eat more fruit and veg, as of now touch wood I’m feeling a lot better.)

    • Aw thank you – you’re so right about that! I’m glad you’re feeling better too! It’s amazing what health can do! Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks so much Lane! Oh absolutely! This was super easy and fast! Hugs and love xox

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