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Monster Mash Pasta

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  • Servings:

    Serves 6 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    20 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    10 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/4 lbs. broccoli crowns (about 4 cups)
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 box (16 oz.) Hannaford Brand Pasta Ruffles
2 slices cucumber (garnish)
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks (garnish)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (garnish)
1 can (14.5 oz) black olives (garnish)
Monster Mash Pasta

Directions

1. Trim broccoli florets and stems to make 1/2" pieces.
2. Fill a large pot with a few inches of water and insert a steamer basket. Bring water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add florets and stems; cover and steam 4-5 minutes, until tender-crisp. Remove from basket, run under cold water to cool.
3. Combine florets, stems, garlic, walnuts, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, olive oil and butter in a food processor. Pulse to process 10-15 times. Mixture should be slightly chunky and not pureed. Set aside.
4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, let cool slightly. Return pasta to pot and add broccoli "pesto." Toss to coat.
5. Pour pasta onto serving platter and make a rectangle shape with pasta.
6. Cut two "eyes" from center of cucumber slices. Decorate rectangle with cucumber slices, olives, cherry tomatoes and avocado to create hair, mouth, horns, ears and a neck.

Nutrition

Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 740 kcal (37%)
Calories from Fat 414 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 46 g (70%)
Saturated Fat 9 g (45%)
Cholesterol 15 mg (5%)
Sodium 850 mg (35%)
Total Carbohydrates 71 g (23%)
Dietary Fiber 10 g (40%)
Protein 16 g (26%)
Vitamins
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Minerals
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a
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