Kale Pesto Pasta {Vegan}

Author Veg Life Staff


  • 1 big bunch of Kale trimmed to remove the stems, washed and spun dry
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 C Walnuts
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 C Vegan Parmesan you could also use nutritional yeast here, such as GO Veggie! plus more for topping
  • Olive Oil
  • Pasta of your choosing I used spaghetti
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Remove the kale leaves from the stem, wash and spin dry.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the kale leaves a few times to make room for the other ingredients.
  • Add the garlic and walnuts. Pulse a few times to break down prior to adding any liquid.
  • Add the vegan parmesan and lemon juice.
  • Once combined, drizzle in the olive oil until it comes together. Remember you can thin it a bit more using some of the starchy pasta water.
  • Cook pasta to package instructions and drain, reserving about a cup of the pasta water.
  • Combine the pesto with the pasta and add some of the reserved water if needed to create a sauce.
  • Top with additional vegan parmesan, or you could grate some of the walnuts.
  • Serve with a lemon wedge.