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Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Herb-Almond Pesto and Broccoli

Whole-grain spaghetti stands up to a snappy herb pesto; part-skim ricotta tops it off.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2007


  • 12 ounces whole-grain spaghetti
  • 1 1/4 ounces whole blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice plus more for serving
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 pounds broccoli, cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Set aside.

  2. Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add half the lemon zest, the lemon juice, garlic, herbs, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; process until finely chopped. With machine running, gradually add oil and the reserved cooking water; process until smooth. Set pesto aside.

  3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Working in batches if needed, add broccoli, pepper, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; cook, tossing occasionally, until broccoli is lightly browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Add pasta and pesto; toss to coat. Divide among 6 bowls. Top with ricotta; sprinkle with remaining zest, dividing evenly. Squeeze lemon juice over tops.

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