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Broccoli Pesto with Basil and Pine Nuts

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!


I really really love broccoli. I find it weird that broccoli seems to be the go to vegetable of reference when people talk about how awful greens are. It’s the best one, right? I could take or leave peas or cabbage but give me some slightly overcooked broccoli and I’ll be happy.

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

So this broccoli pesto is like my dream dinner. A handful of my favourite ingredients whizzed together in a blender and mixed through hot spaghetti. Topped with a shower of finely grated parmesan. Yes! It’s so easy, so tasty and is on the table in like no time at all.

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

Pasta is one of those things I feel like I need to eat at least every couple of weeks. It’s so comforting and so easy that it’s perfect for every situation. Spaghetti is something I wasn’t really into until fairly recently. Too much faff when you could be stuffing your face with forkfuls of pasta without having to do any of this twirling nonsense. But now I can appreciate the unique benefit of a longer pasta. It feels more luxurious somehow and it’s probably prettier to photograph which is always a win for me!

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

There’s loads of other stuff you could do with this broccoli pesto sauce!

  • Try serving it with something other than spaghetti or pasta. It’d be great stirred through quinoa similar to this green quinoa. Or how about with some white beans, oh man that’d be so tasty!
  • If you fancy trying it with a different nut. You could easily switch the pine nuts out and make it with walnuts and almonds for an extra nutty flavour.
  • If you want it without basil then try a different leafy herb like mint or coriander or even a couple of handfuls of spinach.

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!
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Broccoli Pesto with Basil & Pine Nuts

This quick and easy broccoli pesto is a fun twist on a classic pasta dish. Great for adding an extra vegetable to your dinner!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 491 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 500g Spaghetti
  • 300g Broccoli cuts into florets
  • 50g Pine Nuts
  • 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 10g Basil Leaves about 2 handfuls
  • 50g Parmesan
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the broccoli and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes. Drain and using the same pot boil another lot of salted water. This time add the spaghetti and cook according to the packet instructions. 

  2. While the pasta is cooking make the pesto. Put the broccoli in a blender and blitz until it's chopped. Don't worry about it being smooth at this stage. Add the olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and basil and blitz again. Now it should be pretty smooth so add the parmesan, lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Blend one final time until you've reached your preferred texture.

  3. Stir the pesto through the drained pasta and top with an extra shaving of parmesan.

Equipment needed for this recipe:

I use a food processor like this one. We have one of these pots which is really handy for cooking batches of vegetables and pasta.

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS BROCCOLI PESTO WITH BASIL & PINE NUTS?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    20/08/2017 at 8:34 PM

    This pasta would be perfect for a busy weeknight dinner! I just love how easy it is to make and our family loves pesto, yum!

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    lisa
    20/08/2017 at 11:24 PM

    Broccoli pesto sounds absolutely amazing — and I’m wondering why I didn’t think of that! De-lish!

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    Ashley - Forking Up
    21/08/2017 at 1:36 AM

    Pesto is so awesome and easy to make, and you can make it out of anything. This is a great one!

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    Ginny McMeans
    21/08/2017 at 2:03 AM

    Love this beautiful pesto with broccoli! This sounds wonderful with extra protein!

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    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    21/08/2017 at 2:21 AM

    I have no idea either why broccoli is always maligned. It’s a favorite with our whole family. And I love your idea of a broccoli pesto. That’s a great twist on the usual.

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