Cavolo Nero Pesto pasta

Cavolo Nero Pesto pasta

By 11/02/2015

When you say Cavolo Nero you say "Ribollita" a famous Tuscan soup. It is similar to Kale and its wonderful dark green leaves are so rich in nutrients and vitamins ( K, A, B and C ) as well as significant amounts of manganese, calcium, copper, fibre and iron.

Cavolo Nero is excellent in soups or pasta and can make a very good and delicate pesto too.

I was honestly surprised when I tried this for the first time but how delicious this pesto was. I have used white pasta but pesto often goes well with wholemeal pasta too. Then you will have a very healthy meal indeed.

When making pesto remember to use the best olive oil you can afford as it is a very prevalent ingredient.

You can make a batch and store it in the fridge for a week or you can freeze it.

Always add a bit of olive oil on top to stop it drying out.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 12 minutes



Wash the cavolo nero, remove the stalks and steam it for 10 minutes or until tender.

steaming cavolo nero

Put the steamed leaves in a bowl with the almonds and the garlic clove.

Whiz and gradually add half of the olive oil, salt and pepper. Whiz on and off to prevent the blades from overheating your pesto. In the end add the grated Parmesan, the remaining oil and continue whizzing until you get a smooth dark green puree.

Cavolo Nero pesto

Make the pesto of the consistency you like by adding more or less oil.

cavolo nero pesto

Cook the pasta al dente ("to the bite") and when you drain it retain some of the pasta's cooking water; you can mix that with your pesto to make it smoother and your pasta less dry.

Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

What a wonderfully healthy and delicious dish! ๐Ÿ™‚

pasta pesto cavolo nero

pasta with cavolo nero pesto

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10 Responses to Cavolo Nero Pesto pasta

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Il pesto di cavolo nero mi รจ nuovo, non lo conoscevo, deve essere molto gustoso! Ottimo piatto, da fare sicuramente! Grazie per averlo condiviso, un abbraccio mia cara!

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I love pesto and this is so different. I have to try this one, not sure if I can find these greens. Never heard of this before…I have a friend that is from Italy and she lives in the states…she may be able to tell me where I can get this. If not I guess I could use kale or another green. Your dish looks so delicious especially with the cheese on top and the best olive oil you can get. Like the idea of using the almonds in this too. I wish you luck dear friend in entering your dish in “Cook, Blog, and Share.” Thank you for sharing “Cavolo Nero Pesto Pasta” with us…amazing as usual. Enjoy your day!
    Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Hello Dottie,
      I am sure Kale would be just as good. A friend of mine also makes pesto with basil and spinach. I found that interesting and I might try it. Thank you Dottie.

  3. Diana

    Alida – – – so creative and fun… this!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love pesto made with all the different kinds of herbs and greens. This looks super, Alida.

  5. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This looks wonderful!!! Perfect with a nice loaf of bread. xo Catherine

  6. Louise

    Hi Alida,
    I’m almost afraid to admit it but, I’m not crazy about pesto when it is made with basil. I know I should, and I know oh so many people do but sometimes it is just too over whelming for me.

    I think I have seen Cavolo Nero in a storee that is not too far away. I will have to check it out. If not, I guess I’ll go with the kale. This just seems too yummy not to at least give a try. (basil spinach pesto is good too)

    Your pasta looks delicious, Alida…thank you so much for sharing…

  7. Florentina

    Io adoro la pasta e questo piatto sembra ottimo e perfetto per qualsiasi momento.
    Grazie per la ricetta,

    • Alida

      Grazie Flo!

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