Thursday, August 1, 2013

Herb & Kale Pesto

Can you believe it's August already?  It's just about the time where stuff in your garden (& the farmers' market) gets really good and this recipe tastes like summer for sure.  The title for this should be "Garlicky, Buttery Herb & Kale Pesto That Is So Tasty But You Can Consider Health Food Because It Has Kale In It, Okay?" but Blogger only gives us so much room for each post's title.  Whatever it's called, here's a quick & easy recipe that I threw together for dinner the other night with leftover kale from last week's farmers' market run.  It's based off of my mom's pesto recipe with a few modifications.

Pesto is pretty easy peasy to make up on the fly using what you have instead of a hard and fast recipe, but for reference, here's what I used:

1 packed cup of kale
1 packed cup of herbs (I used a mix of basil & parsley)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup walnuts
 1 tablespoon of softened butter

Add the kale, herbs, salt, olive oil, and walnuts into a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth, then mix in the cheese and softened butter by hand.

Cook some pasta (the pesto recipe above works on about 6 servings of pasta), reserve a few tablespoons of the cooking water when you drain it, and then toss with the pesto.  Sprinkle on some more Parmesan if you'd like and enjoy!  Stay hungry.

PS - Are you still reading?  Good!  There was no organic place to share this above, but I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see this video, which showed up on my Facebook news feed last night with the heading  "I love you internet, don't ever change."  I laughed for about 20 minutes and then worried that this was the country lifestyle I'm headed towards.  When I made Jesse watch it he said "I want overalls".  Yee haw.

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