Popping Tomatoes with Kale & Pine Nut Pesto Penne Recipe | Abel & Cole
Popping Tomatoes with Kale & Pine Nut Pesto Penne
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Whip up a super-green pesto with mint, kale and succulent pine nuts, then toss through penne and scatter with juicy roast tomatoes. You’ll be so glad you did.
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602 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
  • 200g wholewheat penne
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 200g kale
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A large handful of mint
  • 35g sundried tomatoes
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your grill to a high setting. Halve any larger tomatoes. Tumble them on to a foil lined baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and slide under the grill for 5-10 mins, till the tomatoes have popped from their skins and softened. Leave to cool.

  • 2.

    Roughly chop the sundried tomatoes. Pop them into a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soften. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.

  • 3.

    Finely slice the kale leaves and stems, discarding any tough or woody ends. Add to the boiling water. Cook for 2 mins, drain and refresh under cold water. Squeeze the kale to remove as much excess water as possible.

  • 4.

    Tip the penne into a large pan and cover with boiling water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8-10 mins till the pasta is al dente (soft with a slight bite).

  • 5.

    While the pasta is cooking, heat a small frying pan. Tip in the pine nuts. Toast for 2-3 mins till golden. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor.

  • 6.

    Peel and finely chop the garlic. Zest and juice the lemon. Add them and the dry kale to the processor with the pinenuts. Tear in half the bunch of mint. Pour in 2 tbsp olive oil. Whizz till smooth. Add a little of the sundried tomato water if you like, to loosen the pesto. Taste and season.

  • 7.

    Drain the pasta and tip back into the pan. Drain the sundried tomatoes. Add them to the pasta. Stir through the kale pesto. Gently fold through the grilled popped tomatoes. Roughly tear the remaining mint and add that. Spoon into warm shallow bowls.

  • Tip

    Pesto presto? No food processor?
    Finely chop the kale, pine nuts, basil and garlic. Mix well with the lemon juice, zest, olive oil and a little sundried tomato water if needed.