Rigatoni with Kale Pesto & Balsamic Tomatoes

Well hello there, loooong time no see right?! I don’t even have an excuse this time, I just fell off…it happens. Happy New Year, btw ๐Ÿ˜‰ This post is a bit random. One of my goals this year is to cook more and for the past 2 years I’ve been paying for eMeals service, but could probably count how many times I’ve used actually used them for dinners! That all changed yesterday when I made this recipe. Disclaimer: I didn’t intend on writing this blog so excuse my iPhone pics. I promise next time will be better ๐Ÿ˜‰



1/2 Cup Olive Oil

16oz Bag Chopped Fresh Kale

1/4 Cup Pine Nuts 

2 Cloves Garlic

1oz Pack of Fresh Basil

1/2 Cup Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Grated Lemon Rind (optional)

Salt & Pepper to taste

16oz Pack of Whole Wheat Rigatoni (I couldn’t find any so I went with Rotini instead)


9 Plum Tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise)

3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste



* Prepare rigatoni according to package; drain and return to pot

* Heat 1tbsp oil in pan; add kale and cook until soft (about 3 minutes)

* Place pine nuts and garlic in food processor; pulse until minced

* Add kale, basil, parm cheese, remaining olive oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, salt and pepper; process until smooth. (I added a bit of water to get the right consistency)

* Add pesto to pasta and cook over med heat until warmed thoroughly (about 2 minutes)


* Preheat oven to 425F

* Place tomatoes, cut sides up on greased rimmed backing sheet

* Sprinkle with salt and pepper

* Bake 25 minutes or until soft

* Drizzle with vinegar and oil; sprinkle with parm cheese

*Serve and enjoy!

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe. I really loved the flavor of the pasta! My picky husband even liked it too…well the pasta at least, he’s not a big fan of tomatoes. Now I wish I could say that my son was on board but he wouldn’t even taste it. I swear that child refuses to eat ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, I highly recommend trying this out if you’re looking for something new! If you do, please let me know what you think!

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Until next time…whenever that may be! 




  1. January 22, 2015 / 17:34

    Sounds interesting. I will try this. Thanks for sharing

  2. Paulina
    January 22, 2015 / 20:08

    Hey! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks delicious; I will be trying this as well. My daughter will be 3 in a few weeks and is very picky when it comes to eating! Thanks again.

  3. February 15, 2015 / 17:32

    This mess looks disgusting. Poor Chad Jr., you try to force that baby to eat unappetizing mess. Just STOP!

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2016 / 16:55

      Open your mind. We all have different palates.

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2016 / 16:56

      Open your mind. We all have different palates. Sheila.

  4. October 15, 2016 / 10:03

    What is that green thing? I must try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!
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