Dreaming of a light broccoli pasta dish? Broccoli Pesto Pasta with Ricotta is perfect for those warmer spring days when you are looking for something fresh. This pesto pasta is delightful!
In a food processor, blend together the broccoli, basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and a pinch of salt & crushed red pepper. Pulse to your desired consistency. Set aside.
Meanwhile, add salt to boiling water and cook your linguini pasta to an al dente texture. Reserve about a 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta.
In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium to high heat. Add the shallots and lemon zest and cook for about 3 minutes or until the shallots are cooked through.
Add the pasta into the skillet. Follow that up with the broccoli pesto, lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper. Mix together. You may need to add the pasta water if the pasta is too dry.
If desired, spread a scoop of ricotta cheese on your plate. Top with the finished broccoli pesto pasta. Add additional parmesan cheese on top and serve.