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  • 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.

Categories: Dinner  Italian  Main Dish 

Author Credit: Anne Burrell

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