Arugula, Kale & Toasted Cashew Pesto

Recipe By Chef Anna Buss

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups, tightly packed fresh kale leaves
  • 2 cups, tightly packed fresh arugula leaves
  • 1 clove of green garlic
  • ½  cup of cashews
  • 1 cup of EVOO
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • Parmigiano Reggiano

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Method:

Wash greens and de-stem the kale. Bring roughly 2 quarts of salted water to a boil. Blanch kale and arugula separately for about a minute or until the leaves become a deep green. Drain leaves into a colander and run cold water over them. Press leaves to remove excess water and let drain. Meanwhile, bring a saute pan to a medium heat, add raw cashews and a pinch of salt. Occasionally, move the pan around to prevent the cashews from burning.

Toast until you start to smell a nutty aroma and the cashews have browned on either side. Remove from pan and let cool. Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Cook your pasta of choice according to the instructions on the box. When pasta is ready, strain and immediately toss with a little olive oil and salt. Add pesto to coat and garnish with parmesan. Store any remaining pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you wish to preserve a large batch of pesto, portion it into ziplock bags and freeze for up to a year.