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 626kcal
Author Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 610mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 68.1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 3mg