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Pasta Salad with Romesco Sauce

Orecchiette with Sunflower Seed Romesco

Orecchiette with Sunflower Seed Romesco and broccoli comes together in just 20 minutes for a speedy, vegan pasta. Make-ahead friendly and delicious served warm or at room temperature.
Course Entree, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb. dry orecchiette pasta
  • 6 cups broccoli florets (sub baby broccoli or broccoli rabe)
  • 1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for garnish


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of salted water. During final 5 minutes, add broccoli to pot. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, and drain remaining. Return cooked pasta and broccoli to pot.
  • Meanwhile, prepare sunflower seed romesco by combining roasted red peppers, sunflower seeds, tomato paste, lemon zest and juice, garlic, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and parsley in a high power food processor or blender. Blend on high speed, gradually streaming in olive oil, until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pour romesco sauce into pot with pasta and broccoli; toss to combine. Gradually stream in reserved pasta water in 1/2 cup increments, tossing continuously, until pasta sauce appears glossy (you may not need the full cup). Garnish with Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, herbs, or lemon wedges, if desired.