Rotini Walnut Pesto Recipe

Rotini Walnut Pesto Recipe

How To Make Rotini Walnut Pesto

A pasta recipe that is delicious and healthy at the same time. The sauce is made of blended walnut pesto, kale, and special herbs served with rotini pasta.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1bunchkale,stems removed
  • 1cupbasil,loosely packed
  • 2garlic cloves
  • ½cupwalnuts,toasted
  • cupwater
  • ¼cupextra virgin olive oil
  • ½tspsalt
  • 12ozrotini pasta
  • Parmesan cheese,for serving

For the Lemon Pepper Chicken:

  • 2chicken cutlets
  • 2tsplemon pepper
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • 2tbspolive oil


  1. Blanch the kale and basil. Set a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon next to the stove. Bring a large pot of water to a boil seasoned with salt. Once boiling, add the kale and basil to the pot for only 10 seconds.

  2. Use the tongs to lift the kale and basil out of the water and let cool on a baking sheet. If it looks like an excessive amount of water remains on the greens, feel free to press them with a paper towel. Use this same pot of water to cook your pasta.

  3. Make the pesto. Add the blanched kale and basil to a blender or food processor with garlic, walnuts, ⅓ cup of water, olive oil, and salt. Blend until pureed into a paste.

  4. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. If the pesto needs more liquid, add water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.

  5. Add rotini pasta to the water you used to blanch the vegetables. Cook until al dente according to package. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain the pasta.

  6. Return the pasta to the pot and add all the pesto. Stir to combine. If the pesto seems really dry, add reserved pasta water a little at a time. Stir between each addition until it coats the pasta well.

  7. Serve pesto rotini with grated parmesan cheese on top.

Lemon Pepper Chicken:

  1. Season the chicken cutlets liberally with lemon pepper and salt.

  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and cook cutlets for 5 to 6 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

  3. After they come out of the skillet, let them rest briefly and then slice and serve on top of the rotini.


  • Calories: 452.88kcal
  • Fat: 20.31g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.63g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.22g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.37g
  • Fiber: 3.37g
  • Sugar: 2.31g
  • Protein: 21.26g
  • Cholesterol: 37.12mg
  • Sodium: 404.57mg
  • Calcium: 82.78mg
  • Potassium: 448.86mg
  • Iron: 1.98mg
  • Vitamin A: 192.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 41.24mg
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