Kale Pesto Recipe

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Kale Pesto
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  1. Blanch the kale in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes and chill down in a cold water bath, drain and squeeze excess water.
  2. Place into small work bowl of food processor and pulse to start breaking up the kale, add rough chopped garlic, process, add pine nuts, pulse several times.
  3. Slowly add the olive oils and lemon juice, process until everything is broken down. It will never be real smooth.
  4. Finally add the cheese and pulse a few times. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. If serving with pasta grate a little extra cheese over and add EVOO to the hot pasta, toss with pesto, serve with additional grated cheese.
  6. These are the basics of my recipe and the way that I prefer it, but you can add more garlic, lemon, or oil if you like.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 415.51 Kcal (1740 kJ)
Calories from fat 383.03 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.56g 65%
Cholesterol 17.75mg 6%
Sodium 119.31mg 5%
Potassium 74.09mg 2%
Total Carbs 1.97g 1%
Sugars 0.54g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.47g 2%
Protein 8.14g 16%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 3.8mg 0%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 648.39 Kcal (2715 kJ)
Calories from fat 597.7 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66.41g 65%
Cholesterol 27.69mg 6%
Sodium 186.18mg 5%
Potassium 115.61mg 2%
Total Carbs 3.07g 1%
Sugars 0.84g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.73g 2%
Protein 12.7g 16%
Vitamin C 2.2mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 4%
Calcium 5.9mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 11.8
  • 12

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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