Next, blanch your kale. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add your chopped kale to the boiling water for about 1 minute and then strain it. Run cold water over the kale to help cool it. The, dry off your kale. I literally picked up a chunk of kale and squeezed water out with my hands before towel drying the kale.
Once you have dried your kale, combine it with your parmesan cheese, garlic, and walnuts in your food processor. Mix together. NOTE: the garlic is very strong, so I would omit the garlic if you aren't a big garlic fan already.
Slowly add in your olive oil. The, add in your lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Taste your pesto (this is the best part) and then set it aside. Cook your gnocchi. I used packaged gnocchi this time because we had it in our pantry, but making gnocchi from scratch is very fun and easy. Here is a simple gnocchi recipe if you want to try it yourself!
Finally, fold your pesto into your gnocchi. I say fold because the gnocchi is often very soft and fragile and you don't want to damage it. Enjoy your lovely dinner!!!!
1 medium bunch of kale, center ribs & stems removed
1 garlic clove, crushed (or omit)
1/4 C finely grated parmesan
1/4 C toasted walnuts
1/2 C olive oil
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
fresh ground black pepper
xo - anna