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Pesto Pasta Recipe


400g penne pasta

250g brocolli, cut into florets

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 large lemon

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

3 tbsps pine nuts

5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp parmesan cheese


Tip the pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the instructions. Meanwhile, bring a smaller pan of salted water to the boil, add the broccoli and boil  for 4 minutes.

Drain the broccoli and return it to the pan. Lightly mash the broccoli with a potato masher or a fork. Finely grate the garlic and zest of lemon, then mix the broccoli with the chilli flakes and pine nuts. Cut the lemon in half and keep for later.

Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir in the broccoli pesto and squeeze over the juice of half lemon. Pour in the olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Spoon in the grated parmesan, toss the pasta well and serve.

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