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Pesto Orecchiette

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 bag steamed broccoli
1/2 cup unshelled pistachios
3/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 box orecchiette pasta (no. 91)


Steam broccoli and chop up into bite size pieces. Place broccoli in food processor and puree into a paste. Add pistachios and parmigiano-reggiano cheese and process until smooth. Add salt and adjust seasonings. Then add the ricotta and pulse until combined. Taste again and adjust to your liking.

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and add orecchiette. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain orecchiete and reserve 1 cup of its cooking water.

Place pesto in a large skillet with 1 cup of orecchiette cooking water over med. high heat. Then add orecchiette and stir vigorously to combine. Cook until the sauce is creamy and heated through about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and/or pepper to taste. Remove from heat and garnish with 1-2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil and more parmigiano.

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