Rating: 2.8 stars
10 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 3
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  • 1 star values: 2

Gemelli ("twins" in Italian) noodles resemble two thick strands of spaghetti twisted together -- use them in this pesto pasta recipe tonight.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010, The Martha Stewart Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5090

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Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add bread crumbs and cook, stirring until butter is absorbed and bread crumbs are toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare and ice-water bath; set aside. Season boiling water generously with salt and return to a boil. Add broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to water bath to cool. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces, separating leaves and florets from stems.

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine broccoli rabe stems, 1/4 cup olive oil, Parmesan, pine nuts, lemon peel, and a pinch of salt. Pulse just until a smooth pesto is formed; set aside.

  • Bring another large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt water and return to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes; drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta cooking water.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining tablespoon oil until hot. Add garlic, red-pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt; cook until garlic is soft and translucent, about 1 minute.

  • Add broccoli rabe florets and leaves to skillet along with reserved pasta cooking water; cook, stirring, until broccoli rabe is warmed through. Add pasta and pesto to skillet; season with pepper and butter. Toss to combine. Serve immediately with toasted bread crumbs and Parmesan.

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Reviews (2)

10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
11/19/2010
This recipe was a HUGE success, loved the flavor combination of the pesto and broccoli! 5 stars!
Rating: Unrated
07/23/2010
hey martha, why don't we use all the rapini, not just the stems? is there a reason?