About Kirby's Healthy Cooking

Welcome! My name is Kirby Miller and I am a home chef, self taught cook, lover of reading food blogs and cookbooks, teacher of in home healthy cooking classes, and a writer of my own healthy recipes. Along with this I am also a wife to a wonderful husband, a mom of two dogs, and a Kindergarten teacher!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Creamy Kale Pesto Sauce

This is seriously my favorite go to pasta sauce. The flavor and color is so vibrant! Every time I make it, I try it with different things. I make it a lot so this is an updated version of my previous post Creamy Kale Pesto. It goes great with any meats and veggies you have in your fridge on top of pasta. My class harvested our carrots so I had tons of fresh carrots at home. I peeled and steamed them to add to the pasta. The next night I had it with roasted cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pasta and parmesan cheese. It really goes great with anything! .
Creamy Kale Pesto Sauce

4 cups kale
1 ½ tablspoons smartbalance butter
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
½ tablespoon cornstarch
¾ cup milk
5 tablespoons water, divided
1 ½ tablespoons nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper


Peel the garlic cloves and process in the food processor. Set aside.

Rinse, dry, and chop or tear the kale off the stems. Pulse kale in food processor with 2 tablespoons water until it is completely pureed into a liquid.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and stir for two minutes. Add the flour and stir for another two minutes.

Slowly add the milk and 3 tablespoons water and whisk constantly for 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch and turn the heat to medium high. Continue to whisk for 3 minutes.

Return heat to low and add the onion powder, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.  

This is great with pasta, meat, veggies, or sometimes we just eat it with a spoon from the fridge!

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