Green pesto pasta with walnuts and parmesan cheese.

Kale Pesto Pasta with Walnuts – Alison Mountford

By Alison Mountford, contributing chef


1 bunch kale

1/3 cup parmesan

1⁄4 cup walnuts

4 cloves garlic

1 lemon

1 package soba noodles

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Coarsely chop the kale, except for the very thick ends at the bottom (you can toss those out).

Plunge the kale into the water which is coming to a boil. Cook for about 30-60 seconds or until it’s bright green.

Use tongs or a small strainer to transfer the kale directly into a blender.

Let the water continue boiling, then when the water is boiling, cook soba according to the package instructions.

To the blender, add the peeled garlic, walnuts, parmesan (all but a few tablespoons which you can reserve for garnish), and the lemon zest. Add 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt. Add about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and blend.

If needed, scrape down the blender sides and keep blending.

While it’s running, stream in the juice of the lemon, and another 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil until it’s smooth and you like the consistently.

Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

Toss drained soba generously with kale pesto.

Serve garnished with as much more parmesan as you like and maybe some walnuts.


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Chef Alison Mountford is the founder of Ends+Stems – which is a meal planning membership and recipe website to reduce food waste. “Chef Alison” also hosts a series of online courses for easier weeknight meals and feeding picky eaters with less stress. Alison began in 2005 as a personal chef and caterer in San Francisco but she recently returned home to Rhode Island!

She is passionate about helping families eat well together, with less frustration. Alison is often hired as a speaker to share about household food waste, feeding busy families, and sustainability in the kitchen; she’s appeared many times on The Rhode Show and other podcasts and webinars.

Alison is also the Market Coordinator at Hope & Main – Rhode Island only culinary incubator – where she loves helping new food businesses expand their social media, brand, and increase sales at the farmer’s markets!