Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli Pesto
Broccoli contains an abundance of vitamin C, which is important for a healthy immune system. Additionally, whole-wheat pasta contains plenty of fiber and B vitamins, while the cheese brings protein and bone-strengthening calcium to the plate.
To ensure that as much vitamin C as possible is retained from the broccoli, you should cook it very briefly and in very little water. If you can, steaming the vegetables is a better option.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.
Rinse basil, shake dry and strip leaves from stems. Cook broccoli in salted boiling water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving a little cooking water. Rinse. In a blender, puree broccoli with 2-3 tablespoons cooking water, hazelnuts, half the basil, and oil. Mix in cheese and season generously with salt and pepper. If necessary, thin sauce with a little cooking water.
Toss drained pasta with broccoli pesto and serve garnished with remaining basil leaves.