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Pesto Pasta with Chorizo
zucchini ribbons

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This quick savory pasta gets great flavor from spicy chorizo (but feel free to use any other sausage you like). It's loaded with green vegetables from zucchini ribbons and kale pesto!


Pesto Pasta with Chorizo:
  • Pecan halves - 1/4 cup
  • Chorizo (sub other sausage of choice) - 6 oz
  • Zucchini - 1/2 lb
  • Gluten-free spaghetti (sub linguini) - 6 oz
  • Kale pesto (half of recipe below) - 1/2 cup
Kale Pesto (makes enough for 2 meals):
  • Pecan halves - 1/4 cup
  • Kale leaves (sub fresh basil or arugula) - 5 oz
  • Garlic - 1 clove , peeled
  • Cheese, feta - 1 oz
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 4 Tbsp, plus extra if needed


  1. Toast pecans - Toast pecans (both the pasta and pesto portions) in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, ~5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make pesto - Combine half the toasted pecans (save the other half to sprinkle over the finished pasta), kale, garlic, feta and honey in a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are well chopped. With food processor running, drizzle in olive oil until smooth (pesto should be thick but spreadable). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Since kale can be a bit bitter, add additional honey, if needed. Reserve half for Wednesday’s dinner. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Roughly chop chorizo. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Make zucchini ribbons / noodles - Peel zucchini into ribbons or use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. Transfer to a colander and lightly salt.

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  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. When pasta is nearly al dente (tender but not soggy), add zucchini and continue boiling until pasta is finished, ~1 minute. Use a measuring cup to reserve 1 cup / 235 mL of pasta water (amount for 4 servings; adjust accordingly if customizing servings). Drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, place a skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and saute until chorizo is cooked through, ~6 minutes. Add pasta and pesto (remember to save half the pesto for Wednesday) to the chorizo and toss to combine. Add the reserved pasta water 1/4 cup (59 mL) at a time until a smooth sauce forms. Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer pasta to serving plates and top with the reserved pecans. Enjoy!



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