Pistachio & Garden Kale Pesto with Paccheri Pasta

Creating A Wonderful Dish With Environmental Epicurist Oliver English:

Excited to partner with our friends at Bonterra, a local certified California Regenerative Organic vineyard producing some delicious wines. To pair with their chardonnay, I made a Pistachio & Garden Kale Pesto with Paccheri Pasta. Lots of citrus and nuttiness from the pistachios.  From plants to vino, we can source ingredients in a way that helps to steward our planet.  It is a beautiful example of how regeneration can and should be delicious. Not to mention fun! 

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Pistachio & Garden Kale Pesto with Paccheri Pasta


  • Kale - 1 Bunch
  • Lemon - 2
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Broccolini - 3 bunches
  • Basil - 2 bunches
  • Unsalted and unroasted Pistachios - 1.5 cups
  • Paccheri Pasta - 1 bag fresh or dry
  • Sea Salt - to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper


Pistachio Pesto – In a blender, combine the garlic, kale, lemon, basil, unsalted and unroasted pistachios, Olive Oil, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

Remove the stems from the broccolini and blanch. To Blanch, place the broccoli in a pot of boiling water for 3 – 4 minutes then transfer immediately to a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. Place aside. 

Bring Pasta to a boil and cook until al dente (I used Paccheri but feel free to use whatever you like or have in the cupboard! And you can substitute Gluten free as well) 

Place the pesto in a large saucepan on low heat, and combine blanched broccolini and cooked pasta. Add a bit of pasta water, salt, and pepper to taste!

Include some fresh parmesan if you would like! I would recommend it, but the dish can be fully vegan (and delicious) without it! 

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