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Cavatappi Pasta with Kale Pesto

pecorino cheese, currants, pine nuts, lemon
4.3 stars
(1747 reviews)
  • Vegetarian
The pesto in this dish is made with blanched lacinato kale (the blanching removes that bitter edge kale can have), pecorino cheese, pine nuts, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. We toss it with cavatappi pasta, a ridged corkscrew shape that picks up and holds a lot of sauce (and thus flavor). We throw in a few currants for a sweet touch.
Ingredients
  • Pasta
  • Kale
  • Olive Oil
  • Currants
  • Pine nuts
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Chile pepper flakes
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon peel
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher Salt
Nutrition
Servings Per Container: 1.0
Amount Per Serving*
Calories 760
Total Fat 61g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 500mg
Total Carbs 45g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
*Our nutrition data includes all sauces, dressings, condiments, and garnishes included with a dish. If you have specific concerns about sodium, fat, or overall calories, know that we often serve these items on the side so you can add them to taste or leave them out, if you like.

What People Are Saying

5 Stars
Excellent flavor, loved the pine nuts, but could be a little larger portion. Was still hungry and that is unusual for munchery meals.
3 Stars
More charf
3 Stars
This has been one of my favorites for years, but the once boldly identifiable pecorino seems to have recently been swapped out for a lower cost alternative product that I find powdery and vague. It's still good, but not quite what it used to be.
3 Stars
Good flavor, healthy ingredients, but way too oily. Reducing the oil by at least 1/2 tbs. per serving would help a lot.
5 Stars
It was so delicious! I can't wait to have it again! Thank you.
4 Stars
So good but 59 grams of fat? Only can order once in a while.
2 Stars
Tasted great but portion size was way to small for an entree. My tray was only half full. Really it's more like a side order.
4 Stars
very tasted!
3 Stars
Could have used a little more flavor...garlic Kale seemed bitter I would have used spinach instead
3 Stars
Raisins made it weird. Not good a good combo with the other ingredients.
3 Stars
Portion is too small!!!!
2 Stars
Portion was too little. And... I don't have a big appetite
4 Stars
Delicious flavors. Need to rinse the kale more to avoid an occasional bite of grit.
3 Stars
The pesto tasted kind of dry and not fresh. I also felt like the portion was a little small.
2 Stars
The dish tasted good, but I was shocked to see how little food was in the container, especially considering the price.
4 Stars
This was yummy--some dishes are best eaten fresh, but this one keeps well and still tastes good0. Nice blend of flavors.
3 Stars
Too small
1 Stars
Sucked. Oily, bland. Meh.
4 Stars
Excellent flavor. A winner!
5 Stars
My husband loved this pasta, esepecially the kale part. he said that was very tasty!
2 Stars
Kale stems too tough
4 Stars
This dish had delicious flavors. There were a few larger pieces of cooked kale mixed in with pasta which were a bit chewy. Portion was smaller than expexted.
3 Stars
was a tad underseasoned, with a little more salt, would have been 4 stars
4 Stars
Very good but expensive for a tinynportion
3 Stars
Currants tasted odd in the combo.
5 Stars
Delicious! But, I'm a kale lover.
5 Stars
Excellent taste and preparation. Very skimpy portion.
3 Stars
Felt like 60% of a serving. Maybe over-cooked: was dry after 2 mins in microwave. Also lacked punch in the flavour dept.
5 Stars
This was very good. If your customers follow your heating instructions it is perfect. Not too salty. Very creamy. Nice texture. Thank you Chef Bridget! Def a repeater.
2 Stars
The container was only filled half-way.
2 Stars
Did not enjoy the leafiness of the pesto, cheese was a little overwhelming
2 Stars
The flavors didn't work. The lemon brought out the bitterness of the kale and the pine nuts seemed slightly burnt. The pasts itself was decent.
3 Stars
Simple, nothing special pasta. But I did enjoy the taste and the pasta was cooked well.
4 Stars
The parmesan cheese was on top of the dish, would have liked it on the side like it normally comes. Otherwise good
3 Stars
Not a fan of the berries
5 Stars
Very satisfying and tasty meal.
1 Stars
I would prefer this without currants. Thanks.
3 Stars
Was a little overly salty. It was the second time I had gotten it the first time was miles better!
4 Stars
Little dry
5 Stars
Best pasta I have ever eaten!!!
1 Stars
didn't like the type of kale.
3 Stars
I'm submitting twice-- my partner rated this four stars, mine is three. One additional note is that we think it would have better warmed up in the microwave (we chose the oven).
5 Stars
So tasty. Love the textures, and it's a great way to sneak in kale.
3 Stars
Good, but the portion was too small. More of a kids size portion.
3 Stars
Greasy
5 Stars
Delicious!
3 Stars
I like the taste of the pesto, kale and pasta. I'm not a fan of currants and pine nuts. I wish they were put on the side.
5 Stars
I loved this meal. So tasty and filling.
3 Stars
Ok, but just tasted a bit off. I love kale but wish the flavor had been brighter.
5 Stars
This was absolutely delicious. A good portion size, too.
4 Stars
Tasty balance of flavors. Would have liked more kale.
5 Stars
Fantastic! One of the best things I've ever ordered from Munchery. Pine nuts and currants are best friends. The kale is really really good too.
5 Stars
Yummy. Always excited when I find something tasty enough to get me to eat kale.
4 Stars
Tastes very good, love kale! Significantly smaller serving size compared to the last time I ordered. Probably not enough for people with larger appetite.
5 Stars
Very good, especially for a reheated pasta dish
5 Stars
Delicious!!! Nice balance of flavors & textures. I am not typically a big fan of kale, but I could learn to be with this dish. The only thing that could be improved is provision of a slightly larger portion.
5 Stars
So delicious!
3 Stars
Oily :(
4 Stars
Perfect amount of currants. Not overpowering. The dish was balanced with the right amount of savory and sweetness and pasta was al dente. The only con was that there was way too much oil.
5 Stars
My favorite pesto pasta dish I've ordered. So good!!
5 Stars
Yummy!! Hit the spot.
5 Stars
Hit the spot. Will order this again and again.
3 Stars
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3 Stars
The raisins ruin it
1 Stars
You ruined it adding cheese this time.
4 Stars
Just OK
4 Stars
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1 Stars
This was really oily and just, well, not good. I ended up having to eat something else for dinner.
5 Stars
Fab
2 Stars
Really oily and kind of bland. I also wish Munchery would switch to whole wheat pasta and whole grain bread!
5 Stars
Great!
3 Stars
Too many raisins
5 Stars
One of my FAVORITE meals! Kale never tastes so good!
5 Stars
Wicked yummy!
5 Stars
Amazingly fresh and satisfying
3 Stars
Too. many currents?Way too sweet. I would not order again.
5 Stars
Delicious and inventive! My new favorite.
5 Stars
Really good! Kale flavor was good, and not overpowering. The currents worked really nicely with the kale and pine nuts. Good portion. Pasta cooked well. Good for summer. I will for sure order this again!
5 Stars
Delicious! So much flavor.
4 Stars
Good but a bit too much order. Great flavors and textures.
4 Stars
Soso
4 Stars
It's tasty, but wish I would've known how many calories were in it before I ordered it.:-/
4 Stars
Kale in pasta wasn't something I thought would go together. It did, and the portion size was larger than other pastas.
4 Stars
Really tasty. I liked the kale pesto and there were just enough currants on mine. I added a little cheese, though.
3 Stars
Tastes good but a bit oily and wish it were whole wheat pasta.
1 Stars
I was hoping I'd like it. I love kale, pesto. As I rely on others' reviews, I have to be honest here. I made myself eat as much as I could, if it had been a restaurant I'd have sent it back. Odd flavor, dryness.. and a not so nice after taste.
5 Stars
This was good and didn't seem to have too many currants so they may have been cut back on. If there was some crushed red pepper it would've been perfect for me!
5 Stars
My favorite Munchery meal...ever!!
2 Stars
Nice and fresh but would have preferred I bit easier on the raisins...
3 Stars
It wasn't that impressive. Sauces were too dried up.
5 Stars
This was the best thing ever! I want more ...
5 Stars
Very good and very satisfying!
5 Stars
My favorite dish so far
5 Stars
This thing was SOOOO good.
5 Stars
Every time I see this on the menu, I don't even bother to look at the rest of the day's lineup. This unique, flavorful pasta is light, yet filling and absolutely wonderful - every, single time.
4 Stars
The taste of this pasta with the kale and pine nuts is delicious. I would prefer an option without the currants.
1 Stars
There were so many currants, it ruined the dish. It probably would have been delicious otherwise.
5 Stars
Loved this dish. Pasta was cooked perfect and the pine nuts and currants were a nice addition. I'm a fan of kale and loved the kale pesto with the pasta. Two thumbs up!
1 Stars
Definitely a miss. The smell right away was a bit off. The taste was not much better and I hardly ate any of it.
5 Stars
The pasta was cooked al dente and the kale pesto was one of the best sauces I've ever tasted. On e of my top faves on Munchery.
4 Stars
This was tasty.. The only negative for me was the currants. Way too sweet (and I usually go for sweet mixed with savory). They stood out as a flavor rather than enhancing the overall flavor. So I just picked around them.
5 Stars
This was my first time ordering a pasta dish on Munchery, as I'm not usually a fan of reheated pasta. Dish was amazing though. Microwaved just until warm (not hot), so the cavatappi actually stayed perfectly al dente. The pesto was delicious.
5 Stars
Pasta isn't something I usually order because it's too simple to make for myself. Not this one! The flavors were layered and exotic and the kale pesto was refreshing and very different from traditional pesto. I'll order this every time it's offered.
5 Stars
SUPERB dish. The flavor was great and the currants were small and didn't make the pasta too sweet. I am generally wary of currants and raisin adding too much sweetness to the dish, but this was perfect. Would definitely order again.
4 Stars
Very delicious. Great flavors and pasta cooked perfectly. As always with Munchery's pasta offerings, portion is small.
5 Stars
Absolutely delicious and super easy to prepare, microwaved right in the container it came in. The taste is very green, you should really like kale, I do.
3 Stars
I guess we're in the minority, but we weren't crazy about this meal. It was just okay. It was a little too sweet. Also, it left an awful after taste.
5 Stars
Yummy and delicious!
5 Stars
This dish was everything I hoped it would be. Delish!
5 Stars
We love this dish. Heats up nicely in oven.Comfort food, but more healthy, and the kale is an interesting and deliciously different spin on the basil pesto. We had it for dinner with a beet & Cesar salads, and had leftovers for lunch.
4 Stars
The flavor of this was really excellent. The currents gave it a sweetness that really balanced out the bitterness of kale, and the pasta was cooked perfectly. However, it was sort of swimming in oil, and that felt unnecessary.
5 Stars
Still an excellent dish. I added some soft goat cheese—delicious!
5 Stars
Bridget is my favorite chef and this is my favorite item on the menu! I order it every time it's available. I see some reviews complaining about the currents, so be aware that it is a little sweet. I think it is delicious!
2 Stars
really not impressed with the flavors here, the hearty cheesiness of pesto was mostly absent and all I could taste of the kale was bitter every few bites. The currants made it sweet and drowned out the savory.
4 Stars
Enjoyed this flavorful pasta with its unique delicious twist on basil-based pesto. Good amount of pine nuts, though too generous on the currants (which caused my husband to pass this dish to me). Keeping the cheese on the side would be better.
5 Stars
I loved this and wouldn't change a thing about this delicious dish. Tip: It is also wonderful served cold and holds up well overnight. I look forward to ordering it again.
5 Stars
Yummm! I love this. I totally rely on reviews and they were spot on about this dish.
5 Stars
Might be the best meal from Munchery that I've ever had. Please make more often!
2 Stars
If you have a sweet-savory tooth and like an unusual twist on traditional dishes then Chef Batson is a great choice. That said, its not really my thing — Kale, currents and pesto seem like an odd combo to my pallet ...
3 Stars
This didn't come with Kale, only a ton of currants. The taste was good, but I was disappointed that there was no Kale.
5 Stars
superb, light sauce, pasta done perfectly. I don't like Kale, but this dish, I can handle!
2 Stars
the dish definitely had potential but i was disappointed by how salty and oily it was. i couldn't eat much of it
3 Stars
very well prepared and original, but I'm personally not a sweet-savory fan. The currents make this dish a bit too "desserty" for my taste ...
5 Stars
I order this pasta just about every time it is offered. It is ASTOUNDINGLY delicious! While it is comprised of just a few ingredients, they come together flawlessly. The pesto is not at all overwhelming, the currants add a hint of sweetness. LOVE IT!
5 Stars
This is one of the few kale dishes I enjoy—plus it's such a great combination of sweetness, citrus, and nuttiness.
4 Stars
Nicely done and balanced flavors. Some fresh cheese on the side would have been good!
5 Stars
This dish was so perfect. Probably one of my all-time Munchery favorites.
4 Stars
very simple and tasty. a bit excessive on the oil.
4 Stars
The pasta has a nice texture, holding the sauce well. Loved the currants & pine nuts. We sopped up the remaining pesto oil with crusty bread. A side of fresh cheese to dust the top after heating would be a great addition. My kids went back for 2nds!
5 Stars
I think most people think kale pasta and think "overpowering greens and not much flavor", but this pasta is amazing. The currants and pine nuts really make the whole dish sing. It is delicious and a great way to get kale into your diet.
5 Stars
Tasted great
5 Stars
All good, all delicious, special lemon after taste is a delight!
5 Stars
A really nice change from a traditional pesto, and the currants are a fantastic addition. Only minor complaint is that there was a little too much olive oil.
5 Stars
Great! Nice lemony kick.
4 Stars
The dish was a bit too oily; adding some additional lemon juice helped this. Kale was flavorful and pasta was nicely cooked
5 Stars
Spectacular! Great flavors all around.
4 Stars
Love all or the flavors, especially the unexpected hint of sweetness from the currants. Would have given 5 stars with a little less olive oil. But could also use that for dipping the focaccia next time.