It is that time again! Another Ultimate Recipe Challenge, where I host a group of fabulous food bloggers and challenge them to come up with a recipe based upon a challenge item. This month the mystery ingredient was BROCCOLI! This was a tough one!
Parmesan Orzo with Broccoli Pesto
I boiled the orzo, just like I would treat any other type of pasta, and then drained and rinsed it.
I like to use a microwave veggie steamer to cook my broccoli. You just add the broccoli and a little water and let it go! It seals in the color and all the nutrients, no losing it to the water like when you boil it. In this case I had to do the broccoli in two batches since there was so much. It took about 4 minutes in my microwave.
This is the type of steamer I use, and love:
After the broccoli was cooked, I threw it in the blender (I don't own a food processor) along with the cheese, pine nuts, oil, creme fraiche and a little pasta water.
I blended it until it was smooth. Now all I had to do was toss everything together.
I served it with a sprinkling of extra parmesan cheese (since seriously.. can you have too much cheese if you are serving broccoli? I think not!).
My kids chowed down on it. Apparently it is the only way I should serve broccoli!