Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta

When it’s winter and you’re still making pesto…Who’s with me? And who says pesto has to be a summer thing, anyways? I put a little winter spin on the classic Italian recipe by using kale (which peaks in the fall and winter) and pumpkin seeds, because…hello pumpkin everything! If you’ve never made a pesto at home before, you’re going to love the taste of this fresh homemade recipe. And PS. if you’e never made a pesto at home before, you can start with my simple basic pesto recipe for the more classic ingredients, which include basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese. In this Pesto 2.0 recipe – the Pumpkin Seed Pesto – I used some kale to replace some (just some you guys, don’t freak out…) of the beloved basil. And I used toasted pumpkin seeds to replace the pine nuts. You can also use walnuts, almonds or even macadamia nuts. Go Nuts! (Pun Intended πŸ˜‰

Regardless what nuts or seeds you use, you basically throw the ingredients in the blender and pesto pronto….you’ve got a bright green garlicky flavor bomb sauce ready to go on your favorite pasta…or pizza, or sandwich, or virtually anything, let’s be serious here.

So don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds if you’ve haven’t yet. Use them to make thisΒ Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta.

How to Make Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta (1 min):



 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale, destemmed and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup hulled, roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 16 oz pasta of choice for serving

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your food processor, place the pumpkin seeds, kale, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until combined and thoroughly blended.
  2. With the processor still on, slowly pour the olive oil and blend until everything comes together well.
  3. Toss the cooked pasta of choice with the pesto. Sprinkle extra parmesan cheese and enjoy!

If you want to make this vegan, just remove the parmesan cheese, and it’s perfectly delicious!

If you prefer to make this without kale, you can just use basil or other greens like arugula, spinach, combined with herbs like parsley.

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