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Winter Kale Pesto with Tortellini
Winter Kale Pesto with Tortellini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This is such a wonderful winter kale pesto made more substantial with white beans, served over tender cheese tortellini. Perfect for a vegetarian dinner!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pesto, Winter Kale Pesto
Servings: 6
Calories: 415 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 3 cups kale leaves packed
  • 1 can white beans drained, 15 ounces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic *see note for making this ahead
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus additional for a drizzle at the end.
  • 1 package fresh cheese tortellini 20 ounces
  1. 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!! 

Recipe Notes

*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. 

Nutrition Facts
Winter Kale Pesto with Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 205
% Daily Value*
Fat 22.8g35%
Saturated Fat 3.2g20%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 484mg14%
Carbohydrates 44.5g15%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 13.4g27%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.