Cilantro pasta is all about fresh herbs from fresh homemade pesto sauce! Here we take our fabulous cilantro basil pesto recipe and simply mix it with gluten-free pasta noodles for a fragrant gourmet meal that is comfort food at its best!
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– 1 cup of our Cilantro Basil Pesto – gluten-free penne pasta – frozen broccoli florets that are thawed and water drained or fresh steamed broccoli florets – salt and pepper to taste – crushed chili pepper flakes as an optional garnish
– Next steam or thaw the broccoli. This can be done while the noodles are cooking in the next step. Steam raw broccoli using a steam basket in a pot of 1 inch boiling water for about 6 minutes or let frozen broccoli florets thaw in the refrigerator or microwave and remove any extra water.
– In a medium saucepan boil water and add the noodles and a sprinkle of salt. Cook about 7-10 minutes or according to the noodle package directions (until al dente). Reserve ½ cup of the water then drain the noodles and rinse with cool water to prevent the noodles from continuing to cook.
– Return the noodles back to saucepan with the heat off. Add the cilantro pesto, reserved water, and broccoli and mix together to coat. Season with salt to desired taste.