Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta
A different spin on pesto that's full of nutritional value.
Servings Prep Time
5 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Broccoli Pesto Pasta
A different spin on pesto that's full of nutritional value.
Servings Prep Time
5 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 30minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Boil large pot of water.
  2. Start by roasting raw walnuts at 350º for 8 minutes.
  3. Steam broccoli for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  4. Using the same water, cook pasta according to box instructions. Save 1/2 cup pasta water.
  5. Over medium high heat, brown chicken sausage for 3 minutes aside. This is an optional step.
  6. In the same pan, melt butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add onion and saute until tender. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  7. Add walnuts, steamed broccoli, spinach, onion/garlic mixture, parmesan, lemon juice, salt and pepper to blender or large food processor.
  8. While blending, slowly add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil or until pesto thickens.
  9. Gently stir in greek yogurt.
  10. Add pasta, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, chicken sausage and mix well. Add pasta water until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  11. Top with freshly grated parmesan and serve!
Recipe Notes

See full post with pictures: Presto! It's Pesto!

*You can use any combination of meat and vegetables for this pasta.  One suggestion is grilled chicken, asparagus, smoked mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.

*Greek yogurt adds creaminess to the dish but can easily be eliminated.

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