Ramp-Kale Pesto Pasta
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis for the Today Show
1/2 cup raw walnut halves
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 cups baby kale
2 Tbsp. + 2/3 cup ♥Olive My Heart♥ Blood Orange Olive Oil, or Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon orange zest, from one large orange
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 pound rotini pasta
♥Olive My Heart♥ Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, or Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar, for drizzling
To prepare the ramps, hold the bulb ends while blanching the stalks, then immediately place in ice water. Lay flat and dry with a paper towel. Saute bulbs in 2 Tbsp. olive oil of choice until tender.
Place the walnuts and garlic in food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add kale. Add ramps. With the motor running, drizzle in the 2/3 Cup of olive oil to form a smooth sauce. Season with the salt, chili flakes, orange zest and juice. Pulse in the Parmesan. Pour the pesto into a large bowl and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Add the hot pasta to the bowl with pesto. Toss well. Add diced peppers. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar if desired.