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Posted on / Dana Bosselmann, MA, RDN, IFNCP

Healthy Kitchen Recipes: Kale-Almond Pesto

Pesto is truly one of the most versatile and delicious toppings! It can be put on pasta dishes, rice bowls, veggies and so much more. Our recipe calls for penne pasta, but the possibilities are endless!

Our November recipe is an elevated version of classic pesto, packed with valuable nutrients our body needs. Our kale-almond pesto has roughly 12 grams of protein per serving, to keep you energized and focused all day long. 

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Kale-Almond Pesto

Makes roughly 1 quart

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  • Kale, leaves only 4 cups
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 1 1⁄2 cups
  • Salt 1⁄2 tsp.
  • Garlic 2 ea.
  • Almonds, toasted 1⁄2 cup
  • Parmesan cheese, grated 1⁄2 cup
  • Whole grain pasta 2 lb.


  1. Combine all ingredients, except the cheese and pasta in a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Mix in the cheese in and toss with warm pasta. 


Nutrition Information (per serving/portion, prepared with 1 cup cooked Barilla Protein Plus penne pasta and 2 tablespoons of pesto)

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