Walnut pesto and broccoli rabe pasta recipe for gourmet nights.  

walnut pesto recipe
walnut pesto and broccoli rabe pasta

Walnut pesto is a quick and easy recipe, the only thing you have to to is blend the ingredients.

In this walnut pesto recipe I added a pinch of cinnamon, it’s perfect to compensate the bitter of walnuts!

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I found broccolini (broccoli rabe), that are great for pasta recipes: small and tender leaves, they perfectly collect seasoning and enhance the dish!

walnut pesto and broccoli rabe pasta recipe

Course pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project



  1. Clean broccoli: remove the very large stems and coarsely cut the rest. Wash them and after the last rinse, pass them directly into a large pot, no rinse (this is the only water you need for a fast, healthy cooking that won’t compromise nutrients). Add a teaspoon of salt, cover and cook, over medium/low heat, 10-15 min.
  2. Blend hazelnuts, olives, raisins and cinnamon. Add 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil and stir. Salt to taste (although taggiasche olives are very salty so they should have done a pretty good work, you decide, based on your tastes).
  3. Cook the pasta. Heat 0.5 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan, add broccoli, pasta and pesto. Sautee, on high heat, for a couple of minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Enjoy your walnut pesto!