Kale Pesto and Bacon Pasta

Oh gardening. I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Yes, I had a hiccup with my onions but my garlic turned out fabulous. I almost lost my tomato plants but after some TLC they too are doing very well. My green beans are growing. Most of my herbs are doing well and my rosemary is straight up out of control. But in a good way. Things are going so well that the other night, we enjoyed a dinner of rosemary focaccia with rosemary from my garden, a Caesar salad with romaine from my garden and this pasta made with, you guessed it, kale fresh from my garden. I think I can get used to this whole gardening thing.

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Now back to gardening. And pasta. And Kale.

Oh Kale.

I have a funny story about kale.

When planning my garden this summer I figured I’d get the most out of it if I planted stuff that we eat a lot of. I’d save money and we’d have our favorites on hand all the time. That is why I planted kale. We eat TONS of kale. However, this was my first time planting from seeds so when planting I just dumped some seeds into the hole. And by some I mean like 30. Kale seeds are small!

Further reading said I should do like 3 or 4 seeds. OOPS.

Time goes by, little green leaves start popping up. Yay! Kale!

Soon more green leaves start popping up. Yay! More Kale!

Then more.

Then more.


What do you do with all that kale? Well I’ve sauteed it. I’ve given some away. I’ve put it on an awesome pizza and I made pesto.

Pesto is great because it is quick, easy and super flavorful. Not to mention it is the most gorgeous green color ever. While most pesto recipes call for nuts this version is made sans nuts because I didn’t have any. But don’t worry there is still plenty of cheese, garlic and olive oil and to be honest, I didn’t miss the nuts.

And if the gorgeous, flavorful and oh so easy pesto wasn’t enough, I decided to make a dinner out of it by tossing it with hot whole grain pasta and crisp bacon. It was the perfect summer dinner and left me thinking, maybe I should’ve planted more kale after all.

Kale Pesto and Bacon Pasta Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cups chopped kale, packed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (13.25 oz) package whole grain linguine
  • 3/4 pound bacon, diced



Place kale and garlic in a food processor and process until kale and garlic are finely minced. Add the cheese. Turn on food processor. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until the mixture is smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.


While pasta is cooking, cook bacon over medium heat until browned and cook through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.


Toss hot pasta with pesto and bacon. Serve with more grated Parmesan cheese if desired.



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  • Reply
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Hahaha! I can imagine your surprised face seeing so much kale! :D I have been thinking about making kale pesto, and this came in really good timing. When I go back to the states, I’ll give this a try! :)

  • Reply
    July 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Why have I never made kale pesto? I love the sound of this!!

  • Reply
    July 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I truly giggled out loud reading your kale story : )
    I will definitely make the pesto. It sounds great!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Amy- Grilled focaccia?! That sounds AMAZING!
    Jackie- I suppose I could spare some :)

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    Jackie {TheBeeroness}
    July 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I’m pretty jealous of your excess of kale. If you need someone to take it off your hands, let me know. & I’ll take some of this pasta while I’m at it.

  • Reply
    July 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    OH, your rosemary focaccia comment INSPIRED me! I can’t wait to make grilled rosemary focaccia with my home-grown rosemary for dinner- with plenty of delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping!

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