This is such a wonderful winter kale pesto made more substantial with white beans, served over tender cheese tortellini. Perfect for a vegetarian dinner!
First, get a pot of water on the stove to boil. White it comes to a boil, get out a food processor and combine the kale, white beans, pecans, roasted garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper in the bowl. Run it until it becomes pasty. Then keep it running while you slowly pour in the olive oil until you have a lovely sauce. The water should be boiling at this point. Salt it generously, then cook the tortellini until tender for about 2 minutes. Reserve a 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the tortellini. Toss the tortellini and pesto together, then pour in the water and an extra drizzle of olive oil and stir them in to loosen everything up. Serve immediately with extra parmesan on top! Enjoy!!
*To roast garlic, cut the top off to reveal the tops of the cloves. Drizzle the top with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, then wrap it in foil. Roast it in a 350 oven for an hour, then refrigerate it and use it as needed! It keeps for a long time.