Enjoy a quick and easy, healthy and flavorful meal with our Vegan Kale and Walnut Pasta. This easy-to-make dish combines the earthy crunch of walnuts, vibrant kale, and a zesty nutritional yeast-based sauce, creating a satisfying and nutritious pasta experience. The addition of garlic and lemon juice adds depth, while the optional red pepper flakes provide a hint of heat. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, and offers a nourishing and comforting meal for everyone. Enjoy a bowlful of goodness that effortlessly brings together simplicity and deliciousness in every bite.

This dish offers a delightful combination of nutty walnuts, hearty kale, and a zesty, cheesy sauce. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious vegan pasta!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other nuts instead of walnuts?

Certainly! Almonds or pine nuts can be great alternatives for a different flavor profile.

How can I adjust the lemony flavor in the sauce?

Start with less lemon juice and add more gradually to suit your taste preferences.

Is this dish spicy with the red pepper flakes?

The red pepper flakes are optional and can be adjusted for spice levels. Add according to your desired heat.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

How do I make this recipe suitable for a nut-free diet?

Omit the walnuts entirely or use seeds like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free alternative.

Can I use frozen kale instead of fresh?

Yes, frozen kale can be used, but ensure it’s thawed and well-drained before cooking.

Can I add other vegetables to the pasta?

Absolutely! Use the suggested cherry tomatoes, and / or add sautéed mushrooms or red bell peppers which make excellent additions.

Is there a way to make the dish gluten-free?

Yes, simply use the suggested gluten-free pasta option for the pasta, and ensure other ingredients are gluten-free.

Can I make the sauce creamier?

To achieve a creamier texture, add a splash of unsweetened plant-based milk or a dollop of vegan cream.

What’s the purpose of reserving pasta cooking water?

The starchy pasta water helps create a silky sauce and can be added gradually to achieve the desired consistency.

How can I make the dish more protein-rich?

Add cooked chickpeas, white beans, or tofu cubes for an extra protein boost.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers of Kale and Walnut Pasta?

Gently reheat on the stove with a bit of water or plant-based milk to retain moisture.

Can I adjust the garlic quantity?

Certainly! Tailor the garlic to your taste, starting with a smaller amount and adding more if desired.

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Kale and Walnut Pasta

Enjoy a quick and easy, healthy and flavorful meal with our Vegan Kale and Walnut Pasta. This easy-to-make dish combines the earthy crunch of walnuts, vibrant kale, and a zesty nutritional yeast-based sauce, creating a satisfying and nutritious pasta experience. The addition of garlic and lemon juice adds depth, while the optional red pepper flakes provide a hint of heat. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, and offers a nourishing and comforting meal for everyone. Enjoy a bowlful of goodness that effortlessly brings together simplicity and deliciousness in every bite.
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Plate of vegan Kale and Walnut Pasta with tomatoes
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. of favorite pasta ( choose a gluten-free option if desired)
  • 2 cups kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • vegan parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  • In a large dry skillet, on medium heat, toast the walnuts until fragrant. Don't burn or over toast them. (about 3 minutes) Then take them out of the pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add minced garlic and chopped kale. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the kale is wilted and tender. Stirring kale several times while cooking.
  • (optional) If adding tomatoes, add to the kale and garlic pan a minute or two before the kale is done to heat the tomatoes through.
  • Toss the cooked pasta into the skillet with the kale and garlic. (and tomatoes, if adding). Add toasted walnuts, nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add a bit of the reserved pasta cooking water if needed so that the pasta does not clump and to reach your desired creamy consistency.
  • Divide the pasta among plates. Garnish with red pepper flakes and vegan Parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Serve your vegan kale walnut pasta immediately and savor the flavors!
Servings: 4

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