If you need an easy and delicious weeknight dinner you have to try this Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto and Spicy Broccoli! The food processor does all the work for the amazing Arugula Pesto- we were all eating it by the spoonful before we tossed the noodles with it! The flavor is just so good. Sterling said it was the best pesto he had tried. The combo of the fresh and bright pesto with the spicy roasted broccoli is so delicious. Enjoy!
SPAGHETTI WITH ARUGULA PESTO + SPICY BROCCOLI
1 package spaghetti or angel hair noodles
1 large head broccoli
Spicy Olive Oil (I love the Kosterina Spicy Red Pepper one)
1 teaspoon Spicy Salt ( I use this one, you can also just do sea salt + red pepper flakes)
3 cups arugula
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup cottage cheese
2 cups fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
red pepper flakes and Parmesan for garnish
Chop the broccoli into bite size pieces. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with spicy olive oil and spicy sea salt. Use your hands to massage this all into the broccoli. Bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the package.
While the pasta cooks use your food processor to make the dressing. Place 3 cups arugula, 2 chopped scallions, basil, cottage cheese, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in food processor. Blend well, scoop sides down and add in 2 tablespoons olive oil and blend again.
Toss cooked pasta with arugula pesto. Add in a handful of arugula and roasted broccoli and lightly toss. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil.