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Plant-based food blogger Carleigh Bodrug—author of the upcoming cookbook PlantYou—uses broccoli stems in this creamy low-waste pesto. It's part of her "Scrappy Cooking" series, which focuses on transforming common food scraps into delicious recipes that don't break the bank.
The pesto can be used as you would any pesto. Tossed with cold farfalle, tomatoes, broccoli and parsley, it makes a healthy pasta salad that's perfect for a barbecue, work lunch or dinner at home. No one will ever guess that the main ingredient is broccoli stems! And if you have a little leftover pasta in the pot or in the box, click here for Carleigh's take on the viral TikTok pasta chips.
For the pesto, place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and process until completely smooth. Add some reserved pasta water to thin, if desired.
For the pasta salad, combine the cooked pasta with the pesto in a large bowl. Add the cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets and parsley and toss until thoroughly combined.
Serve with pepper flakes and black pepper.