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January 27, 2017

Tagliatelle with Tomatoes and Tuscan Kale Pesto

by Anne Paddock

When it comes to Italian food, there is one label that can always be trusted:  Seggiano. Imported from Italy, Seggiano products include olive oil, balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, crackers, pasta, flatbread, olives, panforte, sauces, and pesto – all of which are categorically referred to as “Real Food From Italy.”

Made with real ingredients (non-GMO) without artificial ingredients and preservatives, Seggiano food products set a standard for prepared food that is hard to match even in your own kitchen (they grow the olives used to make the olive oil) so don’t feel guilty about buying a prepared food because next to homemade, Seggiano is best.

Seggiano_cavolo-nero-pestoSeggiano recently introduced a new product:  Tuscan Kale Pesto which is made with six ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan kale (43%), cashews, sea salt, vinegar, and citric acid. Similar to traditional pesto, Tuscan Kale Pesto is made with dark leafy green black kale or what is called “cavolo nero” in Italy, a hearty winter vegetable, instead of basil. The result is a rich dark pesto sauce that tastes delicious blended with fresh pasta and vegetables.

Vegan and gluten-free, Seggiano Tuscan Kale Pesto comes in a 7.1 ounce jar (200 grams) and is available at Whole Foods Markets for $9.99 a jar.Tagliatelle_With_Kale Pesto

Consider making Tagliatelle with Tomatoes and Tuscan Kale Pesto which is made with 7 ingredients: Seggiano’s Tuscan Kale Pesto, low sodium (or no salt added) vegetable broth, tomatoes, broccoli, tagliatelle, parsley, and seasoning. Some people find pasta impossible to eat without sauce and cheese while others prefer pasta blended with sauce and vegetables. Me? I’m a sauce and veggie girl which is why I use tomatoes and broccoli (but feel free to substitute other vegetables if tomatoes and broccoli are not handy) combined in a light kale pesto sauce to make this main course.

For tomatoes, Villagio Marzano Tomatoes are highly recommended because of the sweet flavor of these “heavenly” tomatoes. Sold in 10 ounce plastic bags, these sweet morsels are available at most grocery stores nationwide including Trader Joe’s.vf-heavenly-villagio-marzano

Tagliatelle with Tomatoes and Tuscan Kale Pesto  (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 ounces (1/2 of a 7.1 ounce jar) Seggiano Tuscan Kale PestoPenzy's_Pasta_Sprinkle
  • 1 cup low sodium (or no salt added) vegetable broth
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) Villagio Marzano Tomatoes (available at grocery stores nationwide including Trader Joe’s), chopped
  • 2-3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces tagliatelle (0r your favorite pasta)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning (I use Penzy’s Pasta Sprinkle which is a mix of sweet basil, oregano, thyme and garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

Directions:

Steam the small broccoli florets until cooked but firm. Rinse and set aside.

In a large sauté pan, whisk the pesto with the vegetable broth.  Add the seasoning.    Increase the heat to medium and bring to a low simmer. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off and remove the pan from the heat.Kale_Pesto_With_Tomatoes

Cook the tagliatelle according to the directions. Drain and then add the pasta to the sauté pan along with the cooked broccoli florets. Increase the heat to medium-high and toss/stir the pasta and sauce until completely heated through.

Divide among four pasta plates or bowls. Place a dash of salt and/or pepper on each serving.

Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the pasta.

Serve immediately.Tagliatelle_with_tomatoes_broccoli_and_Kale_Pesto

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