Pasta and White Beans with Broccoli Pesto

I love this recipe for two reasons. First, it’s vegetarian and second, it’s yummy! You got to give it a try ’cause in less than 30 minutes you will have a wonderful dinner.

Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 25 min.
Serves 4

coarse salt and ground pepper
1 bunch broccoli, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 4 cups)
10 ounces short pasta, such as fusilli
5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 ounce Parmesan, finely grated ( 1/4 cup), plus more for serving
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
1/2 small garlic clove
1 can (15.5 ounce) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1) In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook broccoli until tender and bright green, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a food processor. Return water to boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

2) To food processor, add oil, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice, parsley, and garlic. Puree until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down side as need. Transfer pesto to pot with pasta. Stir to coat, adding enough reserved pasta water to make a creamy sauce. Stir in beans and heat over medium until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!

Thanks, Martha!

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