She has loads of great looking food on her blog, so many good recipes that it took me a while to decide what to make! I originally planned to make her Favourite Falafel, but never planned ahead with the bean soaking (I will make that soon, though!). Instead, I opted to make the
Broccoli Pesto Pasta, which she says is "a delicious rendition of pesto to make this time of the year when broccoli is readily available and basil is not. What a great idea!
Here's the recipe:
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley or perhaps cilantro
1 - 2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts(toasted)
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2-4 T extra virgin olive oil
sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- Fill a medium saucepan three-quarters of the way full with water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes or just until slightly tender, but still with a bit of snap. Drain and immediately immerse the broccoli in ice cold water to retain the bright green color. Drain again, and transfer the broccoli to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.
- Add parsley, garlic, pine nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and ricotta cheese. Pulse 6-8 times, until the mixture forms a chunky paste. Do not puree! Pulse again, drizzling in a few tablespoons of olive oil at a time. When the mixture reaches the desired consistency, stop and serve immediately with pasta of your choice, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
This had really great flavor, but the texture was a bit too dry. I think that was my fault, though, as I seemed to have used too much sauce & not enough pasta. See?
This is what the Bellini's original recipe looked like:
I am planning to try this again for lunch this week, but I'll leave out the ricotta and add more olive oil...more like a traditional pesto. Nevertheless, I think this broccoli ricotta mixture would be mighty tasty spread on crispy baguette slices!
Bellini made the artichoke bread I took to Port Club last August. Check out her post!