Tuscan Kale Pesto Risotto

Tuscan kale pesto risotto

5 from 3 reviews

Savory risotto gets delicious, healthy flavor from Tuscan kale. Serve as a vegetarian main or substantial side dish.




  1. Make the kale pesto: Add the kale and garlic to a food processor, coarsely chopping to create enough room for the other ingredients. Next add the pumpkin seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, cheese, and olive oil, and puree until it comes to a nice smooth consistency. Set the pesto aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in sturdy pot for making the risotto. Add the onion and sauté in the olive oil on medium heat until it softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the rice, and stir to get it all well coated with the onions and oil. Cook for about one minute, then stir in the wine. Stir frequently, and cook until the wine is pretty well absorbed.
  4. Once the wine has been absorbed, it’s time to begin gradually adding the stock to to pot. Add one cup of stock to the rice, and stir frequently. I keep it around medium heat, but go a bit higher if things seem to be going very slow, then lower the heat if it starts boiling.
  5. When the first cup of broth is absorbed, add another. This process continues until the stock is used or mostly used, and the rice is getting tender. You need to be stirring frequently (i.e. every couple of minutes). I find the rice takes about 40 minutes to get nice and tender.
  6. Stir in 3/4 cup of the kale pesto risotto, reserving any extra for future use. Stir in the 1/4 cup of cheese, and pass additional cheese at the table for topping off the dish. Enjoy with a good glass of Italian wine!
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