Food & Recipes

Richard Blais' Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Broccoli Top Pesto

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, September 5, 2014

Aired September 5, 2014

Serves 4

1 box whole wheat spaghetti
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 heads of broccoli tops shaved into crumbs (approximately 3/4 cup crumbs)
6 leaves basil
1/4 cup pine nuts, almonds or walnuts, crushed into sandy bits
5 tablespoons of grated Pecorino
Salt, an adult-size pinch
Black pepper, a few twists
Lemon, some of its zest and half of it squeezed


Cook the spaghetti in a lot of water seasoned with a baby's handful of salt.

In a pan, warm half of the oil and add the onion, garlic, chili and broccoli top crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and toss the drained spaghetti with the pesto. Feel free to squeeze a bit more lemon or drizzle some chili oil over the pasta to taste (which of course means I personally suggest this).