If you're looking for a kale recipe this is a good one. However, it's no substitute for traditional basil pesto.
Great recipe. It can handle more pasta than 3/4 lb. so make extra and you'll have leftovers for lunch. I had it with chickpea pasta and loved it.
This recipe is really delicious, but it is deceptively heavy, I think on account of the oil. I was really surprised because when I think of kale and pesto, I think filling and powerful but LIGHT. After one regular-sized bowl each, my boyfriend and I were done for the night. He took the rest of it to work the next day and said that it was a lot better cold, so maybe that's the solution without modifying the recipe. I'd make it again, though, just as a cold dish.
DEEELICIOUS. I imagine this is good for me, because it has kale. I think I saw a Martha recipe that replaced some olive oil in a pesto with chicken broth, maybe that would help with the calories/fat. But if you never clicked on that nutrition link, you could make this and be very happy.
According to Fit Day, the regular Pesto Pasta stands for 358.3 kcal per cup, far from theses horrible, horrible 830 kcal per serving. I'm pretty sure too those nutritional facts are for the whole recipe. http://www.fitday.com/webfit/nutrition/All_Foods/Pasta_and_Cereal_Grains/Pasta_with_pesto_sauce.html
I think if you made it any leaner it wouldn't be quite so tasty. I used a full pound of pasta and served 8 smaller portions as a side dish with some fish and a big salad. I think we even had some left over for lunch.
The big ticket items in this recipe are the olive oil at nearly 250 calories per serving and the pasta at 400 calories per serving. You might try combining a lower fat parmesan with the pecorino, but it is not very high in fat either. Perhaps a little less olive oil and walnuts would help with the fat but they are "good" fats!
If I had nothing else to eat for the rest of my life, I'd be satisfied with only this. It is absolutely delicious!
Pretty sure those nutritional facts are for the whole recipe, not 1 serving.