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Kale Pesto with Brown Rice Pasta

Arielle shows you a new delicious healthy pesto with a secret ingredient. Kale! Mix it together with a healthy grain like brown rice pasta.

Today, Arielle shows you a new delicious, healthy pesto with a secret ingredient. Kale! You can use any type of kale in this recipe – the dinosaur lacinato kale, the curly kind or even purple kale.  First, hold the stem of the kale, pull the leaves off and add them to your food processor.  

Traditional pesto uses pine nuts, but today Arielle opts for a healthier nut and uses almonds.  You can also use pistachios, walnuts or even hazelnuts.  Then add basil, fresh lemon, garlic, sea salt and olive oil. When talking about clean eating, Arielle likes to give different alternatives.  Traditional pesto uses parmesan cheese, however with the mixture of lemon, garlic, basil and kale, this recipe doesn’t even need the dairy. Then mix together your ingredients in the food processor.

For the pasta, Arielle uses brown rice pasta.  When clean eating, you’re allowed to have pasta, just make sure the ingredients are kept to a minimum.  Brown rice pasta only contains brown rice and salt.  Mix together and enjoy your kale pesto with brown rice pasta!

 

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 box Brown Rice Pasta, penne or spirals
  • 1 kale leaf, de-stemmed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • dash pepper

Instructions

Make the brown rice pasta according to directions. In blender, blend up basil, garlic, kale and almonds until finely chopped. Add in olive oil, lemon, sea salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Once the pasta is ready, drain and rinse with cold water to prevent sticking Add the pesto on top of the pasta and viola! Serves 4
Arielle Haspel

This video features Arielle Haspel.

Duration: 2:30. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 4
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
555
27% Complete
27%
Fat
34g
52% Complete
52%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
161mg
7% Complete
7%
Carbohydrates
57g
57% Complete
57%
Fiber
6g
24% Complete
24%
Sugar
1g
2% Complete
2%
Protein
8g
15% Complete
15%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Vegetarian
Vegetarian
Vegan
Vegan
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sodium
Lower Sodium
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