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Sprouting broccoli and Pea Pesto Orecchiette

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It may not sound hugely exciting but blending broccoli is one of the most simple and tasty ways of eating it. I have been sneaking it into classics like carbonara and pesto, roasting it with spices and frying it with Asian flavoursblog 7 copy

  • Put 200g of sprouting broccoli (green or purple) and 100g frozen peas into a bowl, cover with boiling water and stand for 1 minute before draining.

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  • Cook enough pasta for 2 (I like orecchiette or spelt spaghetti) according to packet instructions whilst you prepare the pesto.

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  • Use a food processor or hand blender to blend the broccoli and peas, 1 garlic clove, juice and zest of 1 lemon, handful each of basil and parsley, 50g parmesan, 100ml extra virgin olive oil to a chunky paste.

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  • Season to taste and stir through cooked and drained pasta.

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  • Serve with extra lemon juice and parmesan shavings.

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*Tip – Drain, rinse and pat dry a handful of capers then fry until they pop. Scatter over pasta for a piquant garnish.

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