Kale & Toasted Nut Pesto with Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 470
  • Calories from Fat 230
  • Total Fat 25g 39%
  • Saturated Fat 5g 25%
  • Cholesterol 35mg 11%
  • Sodium 640mg 27%
  • Carbohydrates 47g 16%
  • Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
  • Sugars  6g
  • Protein 16g
  • Vitamin A 100%
  • Vitamin C 70%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 20%

Kale & Toasted Nut Pesto with Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni

BUITONI® Kale & Toasted Nut Pesto with Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni

Prep: Min

Total: Min

Serves: 6

Try making homemade pesto with kale and toasted walnuts for a delicious taste combination. Toss with sweet Italian sausage tortelloni and dinner is ready in less than 20 minutes.

 Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni
Nutritional Facts


  • 3 cups firmly packed baby kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts or pine nuts, plus more for garnish
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 package BUITONI Refrigerated Sweet Italian Sausage Tortelloni (20 oz.)


PLACE kale in food processor along with nuts, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse until kale is finely chopped. Add cheese; pulse until incorporated. Drizzle in oil and continue to pulse until pesto reaches desired consistency.

PREPARE pasta according to package directions, reserving ½ cup cooking water. Toss pesto, pasta and ¼ cup of the cooking water in large bowl to coat. Thin with additional water, if desired. Top with additional nuts, if desired.

Cook’s Tip: To add a little heat, add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. To toast the nuts, place nuts in a medium, dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes or until fragrant.