Mean Green Pesto Pasta ~ World Pasta Day!

October 25, 2021

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Mean Green Pesto Pasta ~ World Pasta Day!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 SMALL HEAD OF BROCCOLINI (500G), ROUGHLY CHOPPED 
  • ⅓ CUP (80ML) EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • 375G ORECCHIETTE 
  • ⅓ CUP (45G) TOASTED PINE NUTS
  • 1 CUP BASIL LEAVES (THE STAR OF PESTO)
  • 1 CUP MINT LEAVES (A FRESH TWIST)
  • 1 CUP FLAT-LEAF PARSLEY LEAVES
  • 2 TEASPOONS FINELY GRATED LEMON RIND
  • 2 TABLESPOONS TWO BUSY BEES HONEY HONEY
  • ¼ CUP (60ML) LEMON JUICE
  • 1 CUP (80G) FINELY GRATED PARMESAN
  • SEA SALT AND CRACKED BLACK PEPPER, TO TASTE

METHOD

  1. Place the broccolini heads in a food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice (try 5 bursts of 3 seconds each). Don't waste the broccolini stems, cook them up like asparagus to enjoy for another dinner time.
  2. Place a little oil in a large deep-sided non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add pine nuts and cook carefully till colour changes to a light golden brown then remove from the heat and set aside. Then add a little more oil and broccolini and cook, stirring with a spatula, for 3–4 minutes or until it’s almost soft but still bright green. Remove from the heat. 
  3. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water, stirring once with a spatula, for 8–10 minutes or until just soft. 
  4. Place the toasted almonds or toasted pine nuts, basil, mint, parsley, lemon rind, honey and juice, the parmesan and the remaining oil in the food processor and process into a rough paste. Pour it into the pan with the broccoli, scraping the sides with a spatula.
  5. Carefully reserve ½ cup (125ml) of the pasta’s cooking liquid. Place a colander in the sink and, wearing oven gloves, pour in the pasta to drain. Place the hot pasta and the reserved liquid into the pan with the pesto. Place over low heat, add some salt and pepper and stir until heated through and combined. 
  6. Divide the pasta between serving bowls and top with some extra parmesan to serve, if you like.

    Serves 4–6

    Recipe and recipe image created by Donna Hay 




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