Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

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Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

I feel so bad for most of the country- this cold snap just seems so insane. It isn’t severly cold here- but cold yes, and there is a damp chill in the air. When I walk Wilbur I come back with a bright red face and I can’t move my fingers. So then I am craving things like this slurpable soup, and big hot bowls of pasta. Last night as the rain started in for the first time in weeks, I decided that I would cook a big dinner and grilled steak and served it alongside this Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

Kale reigns supreme with this luscious and completely addictive pesto tossed pasta. It is sharp and has a grassy green flavor mixed with the bite of lemon and fresh garlic. A soft, almost sweet dollop of fresh ricotta smothers the pasta and a sprinkle of spicy dried chili and a drizzle of good olive oil top the dish. Oh wait- did I tell you that this take 10 minutes to make???!!! In the time that the pasta boils, you make the pesto and BOOM! It’s done!

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

For any of you who still aren’t sold on the whole kale thing, eating it in a pesto form here with the pasta, or on a pizza is one of the best ways to break you in. I hope that you are able to cozy up with a big bright bowl of this incredible pasta tonight or very soon! ALSO!!! by the way- we actually made this with Gluten Free Rice Pasta so that Pia could eat it too, and it makes it an easy Gluten Free Dish.

See you tomorrow we I will have a ridiculous over the top Superbowl recipe for you!

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Put the pasta in to boil and cook according to manufacturers directions.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the pesto ingredients and pulse until the pesto is smooth.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

Season to taste with kosher salt and extra lemon juice if needed.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

When the pasta is ready, drain the water and toss the pasta with the pesto. Season to taste with kosher salt.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

Top the pasta with dollops of the pasta and sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

 

Recipe: Kale Pesto Pasta with Ricotta and Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of spaghetti noodles
  • Kale Pesto
  • 4 cups raw curly kale, stems removed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 4 ounces fresh ricotta
  • olive oil
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Put the pasta in to boil and cook according to manufacturers directions.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the pesto ingredients and pulse until the pesto is smooth. Season to taste with kosher salt and extra lemon juice if needed.
  3. When the pasta is ready, drain the water and toss the pasta with the pesto. Season to taste with kosher salt.
  4. Top the pasta with dollops of the pasta and sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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16 Comments

  1. This looks so good it just might tempt me to try kale. We’ll see when I’m actually standing at the market looking at it and wishing it was spinach.

  2. Loving that pesto, friend! And the ricotta on top is simply dreamy!

  3. Love that you made pesto out of kale!! This looks so comforting and totally perfect for the cold snap going around the US right now!!

  4. Nice and simple and delicious!

  5. Maria says:

    Awesome pasta dish!

  6. I’m not a kale fan, but I think I might actually like this because of the ricotta. What a brilliant idea!

  7. You are NOT kidding about this cold weather! It has been miserable here in the Northeast. But as always, Heather, your recipes are a little bright spot in a dreary day. The bright, fresh green color of the kale pesto is what’s doing it for me here!

  8. Heather, I need a bowl of your beautiful pasta! This looks amazing!

  9. Eileen says:

    Kale pesto is one of my favorite winter treats, and the ricotta and chili flake sound like such a great way to take it over the top! Yay!

  10. Love the ricotta and chili, a big bowl of pasta comfort!

  11. marla says:

    Love this pretty green pasta dish!

  12. Aly says:

    Yum. Love kale and chilli.

    P.S. I think you meant “Top the pasta with dollops of the ricotta”? (not dollops of the pasta?).

  13. sara says:

    Have you tried mixing kale and basil? Guess i’m not too experimental in the kitchen :) But I have both and thought it might be a good mix?