I was asked to cater a company function a few days ago and
decided to have one of the trays of food to be a pasta salad.
Pasta salad sometimes can be boring or the same old thing.
A very easy way to change it up a little bit is to make the
sauce a pesto sauce. It's not only is is visually pretty
but it's also healthy and yummy!
I took a small pot and filled half of the pot with water and while
the water was heating up- I took the Kale- rinsed it and gave a
rough chop so that the pieces of Kale were not so massive.
Kale is really hearty and tough so I recommend taking
the stems out. Once the water comes to a boil- turn the stove off
and add your Kale. Place a lid on the pot so that all the heat
stays in and it allows the Kale stay in the hot water.
In the meantime you also want to boil the noodles or pasta of
your choice (I used campanelle) and saute the veggies of
your choice in a little bit of olive oil, garlic
(freshly minced or garlic powder is good)
Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to your liking.
To make the Kale pesto- strain the water and add your Kale
to a food processor or blender if you don't have a food processor.
Add 2 TBSP of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic and or
any other herb/seasonings.
Add the pesto to the hot, already cooked pasta and stir in together.
Once the pesto is mixed well to the pasta- you can add your
sauteed veggies and stir those all together as well.
This can be served as a hot pasta or a chilled pasta salad.