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We’re not saying you should lie to your dinner guests, but we do have a penchant for secret ingredients—you know, the ones that surprise and delight while adding a certain je ne sais quoi to a dish. That’s the idea behind Kelly Senyei’s The Secret Ingredient Cookbook and this broccoli pesto pasta.
“Pesto is one food that everyone in my house can agree on,” Senyei writes. “Even my toddler boys gobble up this pesto pasta by the bowlful because there’s not a trace of broccoli flavor in sight.”
As it turns out, this dish is hiding more than one secret ingredient: Green olives contribute both a bright green color and briny, salty flavor, while fresh basil adds an herby punch. The pasta can be served warm, room temp or chilled, making it a year-round wonder.
Excerpted from The Secret Ingredient Cookbook © 2021 by Kelly Senyei. Photography © 2021 by Robert Bredvad. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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