Satisfy the craving and uplift the spirit with this pasta recipe that works to pamper the throat and comfort the tummy. This starch food helps free glucose and stimulates the synthesis of serotonin, better known as good humor hormone! So when you need something to be happy and satiated at the same time, go for Rigatoni with kale pesto! It’s so easy to cook in VitaClay; in as fast as 30 minutes, your happy pill is good to go!

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches lacinato kale, stemmed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon rind
  • 2 ounces fresh pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound rigatoni pasta

Directions

  1. Add 6 cups water or broth in clay pot and rigatoni.
  2. Set on stew to cook for 30 minutes or until rigatoni becomes al dente.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Working in two or three batches, submerge kale in boiling water for 15 seconds until wilted and deep green; remove, and immediately plunge into ice water for 15 seconds. Drain kale well; place on layers of paper towels, and press to remove excess liquid. Place kale, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor or blender. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add oil with motor running; blend until pesto is smooth. Place pesto in a medium bowl; stir in rind, cheese, salt, and peppers.
  4. When pasta is al dente, drain excess liquid. Toss in pesto sauce and mix well. Serve warm or cold.

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