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Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole [Vegan]

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This kale pesto pasta casserole is filling, delicious, and so easy to make! It has an especially savory, umami twist thanks to the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. I also sautéed thin strips of eggplant in a bit of olive oil and mixed it all together with the pesto. An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust, which is made of gluten-free bread crumbs mixed with olive oil and garlic. It's crunchy, hearty, and perfect!

Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole [Vegan, Gluten-Free]





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Kale Pesto:

  • About 2 cups of kale
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • Salt, pepper

Pasta Casserole:

  • 8 ounces gluten-free pasta
  • 1 recipe kale pesto (see above)
  • 1 handful of chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped olives
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 handfuls of gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Olive oil


To Make the Pesto:

  1. Wash and chop the kale. Transfer to the bowl of a blender.
  2. Lightly toast the pine nuts. This will help give the pesto a more intense flavor. Let cool a bit, then add to the kale.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

To Make the Casserole:

  1. Preheat your oven to 390°F.
  2. Wash the eggplant and cut it into thin slices. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the eggplant slices. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until the eggplant begins to soften.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  4. In the meantime, chop the olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Mix the cooked pasta, sautéed eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and the kale pesto in a large bowl. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs with a tablespoon of olive oil and one crushed clove of garlic. Spread mixture over the kale pasta.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.





Always simple, always gluten-free, always scrumptious! Florian Nouh is the recipe developer, photographer, and cook behind Contentedness Cooking. I'm a food enthusiast who loves creating vegan and gluten-free recipes. The recipes on Contentedness Cooking range from fruity breakfasts to hearty lunches, from delicious dinners to scrumptious desserts – there is something for everyone, all easy to make by home cooks without the need for special equipment. It’s all about natural ingredients, healthy choices, and embracing creativity.



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