Green pasta is has become a total staple in our house. It all started with broccoli pesto pasta, which was followed by the great greens pasta with roasted tomatoes. Thanks to those two recipes making frequent appearances on our dinner table, the kids now literally come running (and sometimes screaming) when I tell them we are having green pasta for dinner. Here is yet another variation to add to our ever growing repertoire, this one with a kale, basil and sunflower seed pesto.
If you grew kale in your garden this year as we did, or if you are receiving it in your CSA boxes, this recipe is a great way to make use of some of it. A handful of basil adds a touch of brightness and helps to cut the slightly bitter flavor of the kale. I especially loved the nutty flavor from the sunflower seeds. The pesto keeps well refrigerated, so we enjoyed half with warm pasta for dinner one evening and then used the rest on pasta for the kids’ lunches later in the week. And, speaking of school lunches, by popular demand I am doing a lunch-a-day feature on Instagram throughout the month of August. I’m sharing school lunch ideas most days as well as some work lunches scattered in. If you’re looking to get out of a lunch rut, especially where school lunches are concerned, this might help provide some inspiration. I hope you’ll follow along!