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Barilla Angel Hair with Kale Walnut Pesto, Cannellini Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

This simple pasta dish features a mixture of kale and basil for a pesto that's as nutritious as it is delicious. 
Course: Dinner
Keyword: angel hair, barilla pasta, cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, fall 2018, kale, pasta, pesto, vegetarian, Veggie, Flax, Burgers, tofu, mango, vegan recipe contest, vegan, vegetarian, spring 2019, walnuts
Author: Chef Lorenzo Boni


  • 1 box Barilla® Protein+™ Angel Hair
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 cups baby kale, packed
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil; cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, process the garlic and walnuts; when incorporated, stir in the kale, basil and 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil along with 4 ice cubes, process until pesto is formed.
  • Separately, in a hot large skillet, sauté the halved tomatoes with remaining olive oil; stir in cannellini beans and season with salt and pepper.
  • When pasta is cooked al dente, drain the pasta and toss with the pesto, tomato & bean mixture and cheese just before serving. 


Tip: Don’t have time to make your own pesto? Try Barilla pesto sauce for a quick and delicious meal!