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Kale Pesto Lentil Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Kale Pesto Lentil Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Kale Pesto Lentil Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Servings:
4

Ingredients

For the Pesto:

1 head of fresh kale, trimmed
1 tablespoon of pine nuts
½ peeled shallot
1 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
½ to ¾ cup of olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Pasta:

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 peeled and small diced sweet potatoes
2 cups of sliced baby portabella mushrooms
4 finely minced cloves of garlic
½ cup of sliced sun dried tomatoes
8 ounces of gluten-free lentil penne pasta
½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Preparation

Pesto: Add the kale, pine nuts, shallot, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan, and salt and pepper cheese to a food processor and process on low until combined and then on high speed while slowly pouring in the olive oil. Once it becomes a thick paste, but is slightly runny then remove and set aside.

Pasta: In a very large sauté pan over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil add in the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned.

Next, add in the mushrooms and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned.

Add in the garlic and tomatoes and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauté pan with the vegetables and pour in the pesto.

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pasta to a bowl and garnish with parmesan cheese and thyme leaves.

Recipe created by Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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