Broccoli pesto & pancetta pasta in a bowl

Broccoli pesto & pancetta pasta

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

Serve this healthy bowl of pasta topped with cherry tomatoes for a quick and easy midweek meal. It's tossed with broccoli pesto, and takes just 25 minutes to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal452
  • fat14g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.5g


  • 300g head broccoli, broken into florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 300g pasta (we used orecchiette)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 large bunch of basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp parmesan, finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 50g smoked pancetta, diced



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the broccoli and boil for 5 mins. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. Put the pasta in the same pan and cook following pack instructions. Meanwhile, tip the broccoli into a food processor with the pine nuts, basil, garlic, parmesan and oil, and blitz until smooth. Season with black pepper and a little salt (the pancetta is very salty).

  3. Set a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the pancetta for 2 mins. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3 mins, or until softened. Toss the pasta with the broccoli pesto, tomatoes and pancetta, and loosen with a splash of pasta water, if needed. Spoon into bowls and serve.

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IsobelChhh's picture
28th Jul, 2020
Delicious! Great colours, I loved the vivid green of the pesto with the brilliant red of sweet plum tomatoes. Lots of texture - l especially liked the chewiness of the pancetta (mine was regular, not smoked). The garlic sang through it all. Apart from the pancetta, my only substitutions were ground almonds for pine nuts, as I’d run out, and penne for orecchiette. Mine actually looked better than the pic here, rather to my surprise. I recommend this.
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Hannah Hudson
29th Apr, 2020
This is really tasty, we put chicken in for a bit of extra protein, and way more tomatoes. It's quick to make and pretty easy for a mid-week meal.
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Megan Jackson
22nd Jul, 2020
This is a really good recipe. I added a bit more oil to the broccoli pesto, and would probably add a bit more garlic and basil next time to give it slightly more flavour. Definitely add more tomatoes than suggested, they go perfectly together.
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