Whole Grain Penne With Kale Pesto And Lemon

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  • Servings : 24
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Kale is such a nutrient-rich food. Use it to make pesto for a delicious, zesty sauce.


  • 3.3 lbs. Barilla Whole Grain Penne
  • 5 smashed garlic cloves
  • 15 cups chopped kale
  • 2 1/2 cups toasted, chopped nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 to 5 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • as needed salt
  • as needed pepper
  • as needed lemon wedges


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

In a food processor, pulse the garlic until finely chopped. Add the kale, nuts, and cheese and pulse until chopped. With the processor running on low, add the oil slowly, until it reaches a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 1/3 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a pan with about 1/2 cup pesto. Loosen with pasta water, if needed. Plate and garnish with lemon wedges.

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Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Whole Grain Penne
  • Whole Grain Rotini
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (149g)
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 580
Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 574mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g

Vitamin A 130%
Vitamin C 84%
Calcium 12%
Iron 15%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.