Broccoli Pesto
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  • 2 heads fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 - 1 cup olive oil
  1. Place a steamer in a medium-sized pot with filled with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and add the broccoli. Cover and steam for 7-9 minutes or until the broccoli is fork tender and bright green. Remove immediately from the heat.
  2. Transfer the broccoli to your food processor and process with the basil, walnuts and garlic until smooth. You may need to add the broccoli in two parts depending on the size of your processor.
  3. With the motor running drizzle the olive oil into the processor stopping at 3/4 cup. Scrape down the sides, season with salt and pepper and if it is not smooth continue with the remaining 1/4 cup.
  4. To serve, use as a spread with sandwiches or tossed with pasta and watered down with reserved pasta water and topped with fresh ricotta cheese.
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