Pasta w/ a Broccoli-Almond pesto

This past weekend my cousin from San Francisco came to visit us, it was so fun and wonderful to see her, I usually get to see her once a year, when I go visit in the summer. She was here just for a couple of days, because of a work trip, but at least we got to see her.
One of the best things we saw when she was visiting was this movie called ‘La Cienega’, from an Argentinian director. It was shown at the Prada foundation in Milan. The famous director Inarritu curated the exhibition and chose 15 movies ranging from the 1930’s till the 2000’s and are playing at this great theatre for free every day! If someone is in Milan, they should check it out…
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Back home I made a simple pasta with an extremely simple Broccoli pesto… IMG_0708
Ingredients (for 4):
-1 big broccoli tree
-2/3 cup almonds
-1/2 garlic clove
-1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
-350 gr pasta (wheat, kamut, rice, whole wheat etc.)
-salt, pepper
-cayenne (optional)

Soak almonds in water for at least 4 hours. Drain and set aside.
Put a pot of water to boil, once the water boils add coarse salt.
Chop the broccoli in small-medium size pieces and add to pot, boil for 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli with a sieve, so you can still use the water for the pasta. Add the pasta and cook according to package.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pesto by combining cooked broccoli, almonds, garlic, olive oil, 1 tsp salt, black pepper and cayenne if using. Use a hand blender to make the pesto.
Drain the pasta, keeping a 1 cup of the cooking water aside. Combine pasta and pesto and add some of the water if needed.

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