Pasta Dish with Kale and Walnut Sauce

Serves: 2                                        Prep & cooking: 30 min


  • 100-200g kale (broccoli)
  • 1 clove garlic

From the cupboard:

  • 200g pasta
  • 50g walnuts
  • 30g stale bread or breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk or water
  • 40g parmesan (optional)
  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 50 ml tepid water


Soaking the walnuts creates a delicious creamy sauce in this unusual but simple pasta dish. I like to make twice as much walnut sauce – it freezes well! You can leave out or replace the parmesan for a vegan version too.

  1. Soak the walnuts in just boiled water for about 15 minutes and then drain
  2. Soak the bread in the milk or water, crush the garlic and grate the parmesan.
  3. Meanwhile, boil a large pan of water for your pasta and greens
  4. Add walnuts, garlic, bread, parmesan and oil to a food processor and whizz until a thick paste. Gradually add the water until you get a spooning / dolloping sauce consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook the pasta – set a timer for 3 minutes shorter than the cooking time
  6. Tear or slice your kale or broccoli into bite sized pieces.
  7. Add the greens for the remaining 3 minutes of pasta cooking time
  8. Drain and tip back into the saucepan, with your walnut sauce and mix well to combine. Add a little extra oil or water to loosen the sauce if necessary
  9. Serve with a little extra parmesan

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