Collard Green Pesto with Pasta

Here’s a recipe to help us get ready for the Collard Green Cook Off!

Ingredients

Collard green pesto with pasta

  • 1 pound bunch collards, ribs discarded, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 (13-ounce) box whole-wheat pasta (linguine, bow tie, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Blanch collards until bright green, about 1 minute. Transfer immediately to an ice bath to shock, saving the boiling water for cooking the pasta. Remove the collards from the ice water and pat dry with paper towels before transferring them to a food processor.

Add the pasta to the pot of salted boiling water and cook according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, in a dry skillet, over low heat, toast the pecans until fragrant. Transfer to the food processor with Parmesan, olives and garlic. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until pesto comes together. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

To serve, put enough pesto to coat the pasta into a large serving bowl. Drain the pasta and quickly add it to the bowl. The water still clinging to the pasta will loosen up the pesto. Toss to coat. Add more pesto, if needed. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and garnish with Parmesan sprinkled over the top.

Vegan Variation: Substitute the Parmesan cheese for 1 cup soft or silken tofu or plain vegan yogurt.

Enjoy. See you Saturday!

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