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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kaliszewska's picture
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Great dish ! I steamed broccoli and toasted pine nuts before mixing into the sauce.

jcurlylocks's picture
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Very tasty but think I may have overdone it with the lemon! I'll attempt this again as it is simple to make and healthy!

tigernoodles's picture
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a really lovely dish. I'm not too keen on broccoli and I loved it!

My tip would be to cook the broccoli for a bit longer as it mashes better. I also added cauliflower to this which needs cooking longer too. but it makes a lovely filling dish.

lynseydixon's picture
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nothing to rave home about. definitely need to add meat of some description

hilpitch's picture

good store cupboard dish, family favorite.

joanne214's picture
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Really loved this dish, added pesto as suggested. Good base dish to add whatever you want. Really good with leftover chicken.

joannepiper's picture
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I left out the pin nuts, as didn't have any. So added creme fraiche and salmon. Yummy!!

lynnbradhall's picture
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I have made this both as a family mid-week meal in the garden but also on a winters night for a veggie guest - both with great success! Pine nuts give it an unusual edge.

narliegirl's picture
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Great dish and a regular dish on our table mid-week. I added a couple of teaspoons of basil pesto to give it a bit of extra flavour.

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