Sneak in some veggies – literally! – with creamy kale pasta sauce. The sauce takes just a few minutes in the blender – no cooking required!
Hey, so maybe kids don’t love eating cruciferous vegetables. Darrol likes to tell me that he loves broccoli and kale, but presented with them, he usually takes one bite and is done. I originally came up with this recipe when he was going through a picky eating phase, and it’s so easy and good!
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Toddlers are no joke, y’all. Everyone warned me that toddlers go through phases of very picky eating, and Darrol has been no exception. He has thankfully started eating more variety again, but there were about 3-4 weeks where he would only eat pasta and bread. I never thought that I’d be the mom hiding veggies in her kid’s food, but that is exactly what this kale pasta cream sauce is about.
Darrol’s picky eating phases tend to be blissfully short, but they still throw me when he goes through one. I’m glad that I have this kale pasta sauce recipe in my pocket for the times when he decides that all green veggies belong on the floor.
EDIT: Great news, y’all! I’m collaborating with the awesome folks at Care2. They’re creating videos for a few of my recipes, including this one. Check out the video, and you can get the written recipe below the video.
Creamy Kale Pasta Sauce
- 4 cups uncooked farfalle pasta
- 1 15 ounce can white beans - drained
- 2 cups loosely-packed raw kale leaves - ribs removed
- 2 green onions - roughly chopped, green and white parts
- 4 cloves garlic - chopped
- 1/4 cup lemon juice - about 1 fresh lemon's worth
- 1 cup raw cashews - (Soaked for 20 minutes in hot water, then drained.)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup water
- salt and pepper - to taste
- 1 large tomato - diced, optional
- Combine the pasta and the white beans in a pot, and cook according to the directions on the box of pasta.
- While that boils, combine all of the remaining ingredients except for the tomatoes in your blender, and puree until nice and smooth.
- When the pasta and beans are done cooking, drain them, then toss them with the sauce before serving. Top with a handful of chopped tomato, if you like that kind of thing.