This pesto pasta dish is as healthy as it is delicious. Perfect when paired with noodles and chick peas, fluffed into rice or tossed with cooked vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots or peas.

Nutrition Tip: Consider adding cauliflower to your next veggie platter, as it is a great source of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for collagen production, which is the most abundant protein in the body!

Cauliflower & Kale Pesto Pasta

Christine Pittman
This pesto pasta dish is as healthy as it is delicious. Perfect when paired with noodles and chick peas, fluffed into rice or tossed with cooked vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots or peas.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Entree & Main Dishes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 16 oz. can low-sodium chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice
  • 1 cup organicgirl baby kale
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions, but add chickpeas during last 1 minute of cooking. Drain and return to pot.
  • Place cauliflower in bowl, cover loosely with microwave-safe lid and microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes, or until very soft.
  • Place cauliflower, kale, parsley, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice and salt in food processor. Purée until smooth, adding up to ½ cup water to achieve smooth consistency.
  • Mix pasta and pesto.
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