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Kale Pesto Bowties with Roasted Butternut Squash

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This kale pesto is made with basil, almonds and plenty of parmesan to give an amazing flavour! Serve mixed with bowtie pasta and topped with roasted butternut squash for a little creamy sweetness.

This kale pesto is made with basil, almonds and plenty of parmesan to give an amazing flavour! Serve mixed with bowtie pasta and topped with roasted butternut squash for a little creamy sweetness. 

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

Pasta is such a wonderful thing, isn’t it? My favourite thing to do is curl up on the sofa with a big bowl of pasta. It’s such a good vehicle for all kinds of flavour and always makes me excited to eat dinner. Whether it’s a classic beef lasagne or a base for a creamy skillet chicken dish, it’s going to put a smile on mine and Will’s faces which is all I really want from cooking, you know?

Two bowls of kale pesto bowties and roasted butternut squash with lemon, basil leaves and more butternut squash on a marble background with a checked cloth

Will and I have been carb loading. At least that’s what we’ve been calling it since we’ve been training for a half marathon.

I’ve been told by several people that you actually only need to carb load the day before you’re doing a long run but better safe than sorry right? These kale pesto bowties were one of our carb filled dinners which also happened to be filled with loads of vegetables and protein and all that good stuff.

Bowl of kale pesto pasta on a checked cloth with another bowl and lemon and basil leaves in the background

Anyway, we did our half marathon on Sunday and it went pretty well. I found it tougher than I thought I would but luckily I was running with my dad who really helped me to keep going and was so super encouraging.

It was really special to get to do something like this with my dad. He’s recently started running (he did his first marathon on his 70th birthday!!) and I’m so proud of him so it meant a lot to both of us to run the half marathon together even though I found it really hard!

Two bowls of kale pesto pasta with butternut squash on a checked cloth with basil, lemon halves, parmesan and butternut squash cubes in the background

Anyway, whether you’re carb loading or not this recipe is the perfect simple dinner. I’m having a bit of kale obsession at the moment (I recently made this baked gnocchi with kale and it’s SO GOOD!) so it was only a matter of time before I threw it in a pesto.

This version uses blanched almonds instead of pine nuts but otherwise keeps pretty classic with parmesan, garlic, basil and lemon.

Kale pesto pasta with butternut squash on a checked cloth with basil and lemon

Probably my favourite part of this dish though is that roasted butternut squash on top. It’s such a perfect sweet compliment to the earthy freshness of the kale pesto bowties. I love it!

How to make kale pesto with roasted butternut squash:

  • Start off by chopping your butternut squash and getting your oven preheated. Your squash will cook while you make everything else.
  • Once that’s in the oven get a pot of water on the heat for the pasta then you can concentrate on your pesto which simply involves blending all of your pesto ingredients together.
  • Once those tasks are done you simply cook you pasta and put everything together, easy peasy!

Two bowls of kale pesto pasta with a checked cloth underneath and pesto ingredients in the background

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Kale Pesto Bowties with Roasted Butternut Squash

This kale pesto is made with basil, almonds and plenty of parmesan to give an amazing flavour! Serve mixed with bowtie pasta and topped with roasted butternut squash for a little creamy sweetness. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 562 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 large Butternut Squash peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 500 g Bowtie Pasta
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Kale Pesto

  • 100 g Blanched Almonds
  • 70 g Kale roughly chopped
  • 40 g Basil Leaves
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 50 g Parmesan grated plus extra for serving
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 60 ml Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F. Place the butternut squash on a large baking tray with the olive oil and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil for the pasta. Put all the pesto ingredients in a blender and pulse until mostly smooth or you've reached your desired texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. When the squash is nearly ready cook the pasta. Drain and return to the pan with the pesto. Mix thoroughly then add the roasted squash, reserving a little for topping. Serve in bowls topped with a final few cubes of squash and plenty of grated parmesan.

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Nutrition Facts
Kale Pesto Bowties with Roasted Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Potassium 405mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 31.8%
Vitamin C 30.2%
Calcium 18.9%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kale pesto pasta in a bowl topped with butternut squash and parmesan on a checked cloth

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristy
    07/03/2018 at 1:15 AM

    Squash AND pesto??? Yes please!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:28 PM

      Haha thanks Kristy 🙂

  • Reply
    Shadi
    07/03/2018 at 1:59 PM

    What a delicious and easy meal to have on a weeknight! Homemade pesto sounds great!

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:27 PM

      Thanks Shadi!

  • Reply
    rebecca
    07/03/2018 at 2:16 PM

    ohhhh I’ve got leftover butternut squash in my fridge, totally have to make this with it!

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:27 PM

      Thank you Rebecca 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    07/03/2018 at 2:36 PM

    I’ve only run a 10K — a half marathon seems like a real leap for me, but I give you a ton of credit! Carbo-loading, though — I’m all over that. In fact, I could be a champion. This looks like a good start to me.

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:27 PM

      Haha thanks Lisa!

  • Reply
    Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
    07/03/2018 at 2:38 PM

    There are soooo many things in this post that I need to comment on!!

    But my first one….Go your Dad! first marathon at 70, man that is super impressive!

    And carb loading, I like your thinking, best to get your carb loading in!!!!….can I be carb loading for a year??? LOL.

    Lastly. Man this is delicious. Pasta (best food ever!) rich pesto and then sweet butternut. AMAZING!

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:27 PM

      Haha, definitely! Thanks Claire 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
    07/03/2018 at 2:53 PM

    I love that you’re carb loading way before the half marathon! I ran a 5K once, and hated it. Vowed to never do such a thing again. Guess I was just not made to run competitively. Weird because my sister is a marathon runner. Anyways, I love this. I’ve never made kale pesto, but I love homemade pesto, and of course butternut squash. YUM!

    • Reply
      Amy
      07/03/2018 at 9:26 PM

      Haha yes being able to eat loads of carbs is probably the only thing I like about running!

  • Reply
    Albert
    09/03/2018 at 11:16 AM

    Oh my goodness! this just sounds so incredible! love that you used kale in the pesto and added almonds to it, this is a MUST try!!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/03/2018 at 11:22 PM

      Thanks Albert!

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