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This recipe uses the ingredients found in pesto in a fresh, less muddled way. Instead of blending herbs, nuts, and cheese into a paste, here they are left in their individual states so the flavors sing.
Cooking the garlic mellows it and adding a little chicken broth replaces some of the oil traditionally used to make pesto.
Calories from Fat: 170
Total Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g
Cholesterol: Less than 5 mg
Sodium: 130 mg
Carbohydrate: 48 g
Dietary Fiber: 5 g
Sugars: 4 g
Protein: 12 g
Prepare the fusilli according to the package directions for al dente (just firm). About 2 minutes before the pasta is ready, add the broccoli. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water before draining.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until reduced by half, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat, add the pasta and broccoli, and stir until coated with sauce. Add the basil and parsley and stir to combine.
Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil (if too dry, add a tablespoon or so of reserved cooking liquid). Top with the cheese and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper.
The Great American Eat Right Cookbook
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