Red Lentil Pasta with Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things to do is find new food Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration. A few months ago I stumbled upon @playswellwithbutter, her Instagram handle alone made me want to look at every one of her posts. The one that intrigued me the most was kale pesto. I fell in love with pesto while on my honeymoon in Antigua so I wanted to give kale pesto a try even though my Italian family probably thought I was nuts. This is the dish that made me fall in love with pesto. . . I might have had it twice during our 6 day stay.


I was so surprised after making it that you can’t taste the kale AT ALL. It tastes like traditional pesto with the basil, the richness from the cheese and the brightness from the lemon juice yet a lot healthier. I was blown away by how much Brandon and I loved it. Kale pesto is now a staple in our fridge because you can put it on everything. You can find her recipe here.


Now for the pasta, I’ve heard rave reviews about Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta. It is gluten free and each serving has 13g of protein. We liked it, but wasn’t in love with it. The pasta was a little too tough for my taste. If I want a gluten free pasta, I’ll stick with Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather


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