Pesto Chickpea Pasta with Kale, Goat Cheese & Almonds

Pesto Chickpea Pasta

with Kale, Goat Cheese & Almonds

20 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Get ready for more plant power goodness in this pasta recipe, Chefs! We’re thrilled to riff on our favorite pesto and kale pasta dish with a new twist: chickpea-based pasta. It’s perfectly complemented by a creamy, tangy addition of goat cheese.

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Pesto Chickpea Pasta with Kale, Goat Cheese & Almonds
Title
  • 6 oz Chickpea Rotini Pasta
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
  • ¼ cup Grated Romano Cheese
  • 1 oz Goat Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the kale. Separate the leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water to prevent sticking. 

Cook the kale:
3 Cook the kale:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. 

Finish & serve your dish:
4 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked kale, add the cooked pasta, goat cheese, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pasta is coated. Turn off the heat. Add the pesto and stir to combine (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the romano and almonds. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the kale. Separate the leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water to prevent sticking. 

Cook the pasta:
Cook the kale:
3 Cook the kale:

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. 

4 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked kale, add the cooked pasta, goat cheese, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pasta is coated. Turn off the heat. Add the pesto and stir to combine (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the romano and almonds. Enjoy!

Finish & serve your dish:
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