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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes

April 26, 2015

Get ready for your next summer BBQ or dinner party with this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes. Balance your carbs with veggies without sacrificing on flavor. No one needs to know the recipe is gluten-free too!

Get ready for your next summer BBQ or dinner party with this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes. Balance your carbs with veggies without sacrificing on flavor. No one needs to know the recipe is gluten-free too!For some reason pasta gets a bad rap (or rep? Urban dictionary failed me…). Especially in the healthy living world, pasta and any kind of carb-based meal tends to be viewed as evil. Unless of course you’re carb-loading for a marathon.

I really don’t get it though. Our bodies need carbs and you certainly won’t derail your health goals by eating a bowl full of pasta. Stuffing it full of kale doesn’t hurt either.

Pasta is another one of the foods that I eat all the time but never find myself posting on the blog. If I’m being honest, I was kind of scared of how you’d react. In the spiralized-veggie, give me ALL THE SALADS obsessed blog world (dear spiralizer- don’t take that personally, I still love you), I expect most of you aren’t looking for pasta dishes.

Well I hope this post changes your mind.

Get ready for your next summer BBQ or dinner party with this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes. Balance your carbs with veggies without sacrificing on flavor. No one needs to know the recipe is gluten-free too!When C and I were living in NYC we used to have “pasta-Sundays” almost every week. It was the perfect opportunity for us to throw everything but the kitchen sink into a delicious pasta-based meal. We also always saved our precious truffle oil for Sunday Pasta dates.

I’ve since gone gluten-free and subsequently subbed out whole-wheat pasta for the gluten-free variety and I don’t think C’s even noticed. Although apparently the only thing more evil than pasta in the healthy living world is GLUTEN-FREE PASTA.

Again, an association which I don’t think is deserved at all.

When people ask me if I’ve gotten “used to” the taste of gluten-free foods I have to explain to them that if something tastes “gluten-free” it’s probably because it isn’t made well. If done right, gluten-free foods can taste just as good, if not better than the original.

Get ready for your next summer BBQ or dinner party with this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes. Balance your carbs with veggies without sacrificing on flavor. No one needs to know the recipe is gluten-free too!That’s how I feel about Catelli’s Gluten-Free Pasta. I tried a sample of it years ago and since then it’s become my go-to pasta. I love that it’s made entirely of whole-grains from brown rice, white rice, corn and quinoa. It really does taste great and I swear no one will know it is gluten-free (and I’m not just saying that, it really tastes identical!).

It also comes in 4 different shapes: penne, fusilli, spaghetti and macaroni. Am I the only person who is weird about pasta shape? I will always prefer penne over any other shape. I know technically they’re all the same but penne feels like my first love (I swear I remember eating it in my high chair with my hands) and it will forever be my first choice.

The trick to turning pasta into a meal is using lots of veggies (hello kale and artichokes!) and when necessary adding in protein. We actually topped it with some clean chicken sausage to round-out the meal but I opted to keep this dish vegetarian for my veggies in the house. I kind of envision this being a potluck classic and I never bring meat to a potluck because you never know who might be vegan/vegetarian/kosher. But I have no hesitations bringing all things GLUTEN-FREE, especially when no one will ever know!

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes

PREP TIME 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (stored in OLIVE oil)
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup reserved olive oil from Sun-dried tomato jar (or any olive oil)
  • 2 T pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (or nutritional yeast if vegan)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup of water

For the Pasta Salad

  • 1 box of Catelli gluten free penne (approx 4 cups)
  • 3 cups artichoke hearts (stored in water), chopped
  • 1/2 head of kale, stemmed and chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add stemmed and chopped kale to a colander and place in the sink.
  2. Cook pasta according to instructions.
  3. When finished, pour pasta and water over kale to wilt kale.
  4. Add kale and pasta back to pot and top with artichoke hearts.
  5. Place all pesto ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until well combined.
  6. Add pesto to pot and stir so pasta, artichoke hearts and kale are coated.
  7. Top with salt and pepper.
  8. Store in refrigerator to cool and allow flavours to meld for at least 1 hour.
  9. Serve warm or cold.

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Get ready for your next summer BBQ or dinner party with this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad with Kale and Artichokes. Balance your carbs with veggies without sacrificing on flavor. No one needs to know the recipe is gluten-free too!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Catelli® Gluten Free pasta. All opinions and creative control are entirely my own.

Are you pro or anti-pasta? Do you think foods can taste “gluten-free”?

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  • Reply
    Ann
    April 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    This would be great for a BBQ evening with my family! I like that you fill the dish with veggies too. I like pasta and am not anit-carbs but pasta is so calorie-dense that I prefer other more high-volume carb sources. I need BIG meals! 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:19 am

      I hear ya!!! I’m the person who stuffs their mac and cheese with broccoli just so I can eat more 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    April 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    HEYYYY for pasta Sunday! I’ve been using a quinoa brown rice pasta and you’d never know the diff. This is everything!
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    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

      You are everything! If C can’t figure out its gluten-free, then it must be good. That’s the ultimate test!

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    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks
    April 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve been pinning everything with artichokes recently but have yet to make a single thing. I think it’s time!
    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted…Healthier Red Beans and Rice

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

      So funny, I’ve been eating artichokes with everything too! And weirdly radishes too…I don’t know what’s happening to me lol

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    April 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    PRO-PASTA! Seriously, nothing beats a hearty meal of spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, or gnocchi. Gahh. I added pasta salad to my veggie salad yesterday and it was a fantastic decision.
    I love pesto and artichokes and greens and pasta, so I know I will love this!
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves recently posted…Weekly Moves and Grooves XVII + Recent Eats

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

      you will! you will! Okay now I’m craving spaghetti, ravioli and gnocchi at 8:00 AM. Well done lol

  • Reply
    Paula
    April 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    This post makes me like you even more. Spiralizing everything is a lot of fun (and a nice way to shove more veggies into your face), but all the zoodles on blogs sometimes makes me feel like I should never eat the real thing. I feel vindicated.

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    Cassie
    April 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I luuuuuuuuuuuurve sun-dried tomato pesto, kale and artichokes! Will try this with some black bean pasta!
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    bristol plasterers
    July 9, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Top marks for this recipe. Tastes superb. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

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    Sandra
    December 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. It’ll be perfect for me to make for the upcoming family picnic. I’ll just use fresh homemade gluten-free pasta I can make using almond flour which I discovered last week since I normally feel that dry pasta doesn’t bring the flavors out as much as fresh pasta.
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    Minal
    January 20, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I love pasta. I’m drooling over this pasta recipe. Gosh, I seriously want to eat this salad!
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