Broccoli pesto pasta

Broccoli pesto pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A new delicious version of the Italian favourite, pesto pasta, with broccoli

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
604
protein
19g
carbs
79g
fat
26g
saturates
4g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
0.47g

Ingredients

  • 400g penne, farfalle or conchiglie pasta
  • 250g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 large lemon
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated

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Method

  1. Tip the pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, bring a smaller pan of salted water to the boil, add the broccoli and boil for 4 minutes.
  2. Drain the broccoli and return it to the pan. Lightly mash the broccoli with a potato masher or fork. Finely grate the garlic and zest the lemon, then mix into the broccoli with the chilli flakes and pine nuts. Cut the lemon in half and keep for later.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir in the broccoli pesto and squeeze over the juice of 1⁄2 lemon. Pour in the olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Spoon in the grated Parmesan, toss the pasta well and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2004

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sophiechicken's picture

lovely recipe. i used less lemon than was recommended and added a good tbsp of pesto.

Petri's picture

A great recipe! I was going to make the traditional broccoli pasta with breadcrumbs, but I didn’t have any and no dry bread either. (I hate the powdered stuff they sell so I make my own from home-made sourdough bread.)

I modified the recipe a bit: I boiled the stems and steamed the florets al dente. Smoothed the stems with oil, lemon zest & juice and blackpepper and mixed that to gnocchi. Chopped the florets with scissors and tossed the pasta, florets, toasted pine nuts and Pecorino. Lovely!

kasiafronck's picture

This a regular in our house; cheap, quick and simple, I usually add some fried bacon bits to it as well.

freshcream's picture

neither of my kids like broccoli so i always struggle with what to make. And yet they wolfed this dish down with gusto and requested it again, so I've made it twice this week! Its simple, quick, and delicious, but a word of warning here - when a recipe is simple you HAVE to use high-quality fresh ingredients because they make the taste really stand out proud. I used fresh spaghetti from Waitrose's chilled cabinet, as well as their fresh green pesto sauce in the same cabinet. I omitted the parmesan, threw all the ingredients in a pot and gave a good stir before adding the pasta. I finished it off with the lemon zest and lemon juice, all fresh. The lemon really makes this dish, so dont skip. Now I know how to use up broccoli easy peasy.

SarahSlurps's picture

I'm learning to cook, and this was easy for me and really really yum. The fam were impressed. :)

jenny101uk's picture
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Fresh, summery and very tasty, a different take on the shop bought jars of pesto I usually use. Perfect vegetarian recipe and very easy and quick to prepare and cook.

katyb75's picture

Lovely. I served with some roasted courgettes mixed in and feta crumbled over.

staceyb85's picture
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This is so simple and delicious, it's good if you always have a jar of pesto that needs using up too, I just cook the brocolli and mash it together with a few spoons of pesto. Stir into the penne and serve with the Pine Nuts and a few slices of garlic bread, easy!

mich_mkp's picture
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Really nice, easy, cheap, tasty supper. I didn't fancy the chilli, so I left that out, and as the supermarket had sold out of pine nuts I left them out too, but it was really nice. I'll definitely be doing this one again. Ooh, and it's easy to throw together for one person too.

MealyMum's picture
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I blitzed broccoli with a hand blender to a traditional pesto consistency and my usually picky 18 month twins are both stuffing this down like no tomorrow. I am also having to resist licking the pan till they are done! Can imagine you could easily use the basic pesto sauce and add meat or other veg. I did add in a bit of traditional pesto too, as per previous suggestions. think it will be an addition to the repertoire.

jollyyummy's picture

Exactly what I am looking for! Can't wait to try with the pesto sauce I bought. Easy dish to try out.

vixsg10's picture

This is yummy! Perfect for this hot Easter bank holiday evening! I used 2 garlic cloves, toasted the pine nuts and used chilli oil on top and it was very tasty! It was a hit with my fiancé and I will definitely be cooking it again!

ade_in_the_kitchen's picture
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This is delicious.

I did add chestnut mushrooms and cubed pancetta and this really made for a really tasty meal. Quick and simple to prepare.

voguegirlparis's picture
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Made this for my young sister so I left out the lemon and we used cheddar instead of parmesan (not authentic at all but we don't like such strong cheese). It was very tasty and good to get some vegetables into the pasta too. I would cook this again.

mamarazzi's picture
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Very nice, I used 4 tbsp pine nuts, double the portion of grated parmesan cheese and only 3 tbsp of olive oil. The family loved it.

littlemissmaccas's picture
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Very nice, did exactly as per the instructions and came out well. We will do again.

kat-may's picture
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Really great dish to bring to a summer barbeque or buffet party. I mashed the broccoli through a colander to break it apart a little more, and it worked really well. I also added a little lime juice, and a little coconut milk to give it a more obvious thai flavour. I'll definitely make this dish again.

janiceconnell22's picture
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Made exactly as described apart from toasting the pine-nuts. Great success, will definitely make again

michaeljpconlon's picture
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quick, easy and tasted delious. I made a huge pot and it went in one sitting!

jmistovski's picture
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delish! I added small bits of bacon and pesto sauce (from a tin) and cooked the pine nuts. a great recipe

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