Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli Pesto

 

Ingredients

Traditional pesto is made with fresh basil instead of broccoli. This gives a healthier result with the same beautiful green color. It's also delicious served tossed with hot cooked pasta or as a base for pizza.
1 (12-oz.) bag fresh broccolet florets, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/8 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
Garnish: toasted pin nuts
Toasted or grilled baguette slices or favorite crackers

Instructions

   Place broccoli in a large bowl; cover with heavy-duty plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH for 8 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Drain and transfer broccoli to a food processor.
   While broccoli cooks, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; sauté 2 minutes until garlic is lightly browned. Add garlic mixture, Parmesan cheese and next 4 ingredients to broccoli in food processor; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Garnish, if desired, with pine nuts. Serve pesto over baguette or crackers. Yield: 2 cups.