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090827 – Broccoli Rabe Pesto
090828, 8:38 pm
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Broccoli Rabe Pesto

My first post in our new place…

I had never tried broccoli rabe before, and could not resist it when i saw it at Market Basket here in Boston.  Joe and I went there on our first grocery shopping here in Boston.  It was about 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning and the store was PACKED.  I have never seen a store so crowded at that time of day/ day of the week.  It didn’t take long to figure out why – the prices are amazing!  I though we were going to have to start budgeting more for food whilst in B-town, but now we might be saving money!

I found this recipe in Food & Wine cookbook, which my Nana gave me as a moving gift. The book suggested using the pesto over crostini for Bruschetta, but i served it with pasta.

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, washed and large stems cut off
  • 1 C walnuts (or shelled pistachios)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 C evoo (I tried to cut back and use only 1/2 C, but it came out too dry)
  • 1/2 C parsley
  • 1 C parmesan cheese (or Pecorino Romano)
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. preheat the oven to 350 F and put a large pot of salted water on to boil.
  2. sprinkle the nuts into a baking dish and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. boil the broccoli for about 2 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.  Squeeze and pat dry, then chop coarsely.
  4. combine garlic and nuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  add the broccoli, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil and continue processing.
  5. use a spatula to transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir in cheese, and add salt and pepper to taste.

with the pesto pasta, I made a simple romaine salad with homemade whole wheat garlic croutons.

garlic croutons:

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread, cubed
  1. preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. melt butter in a medium saucepan with the garlic.  add the bread pieces to the pan, and toss in the butter.
  3. spread the bread out on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, or until crisp and dry.
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