Exploring the Vibrant Delights of Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Oct 24, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

15 minutes
15 minutes


Dear readers, today I’m thrilled to share a recipe that has become a staple in my kitchen—a dish that encapsulates both nostalgia and fresh innovation. Allow me to whisk you away on a journey to the picturesque Italian countryside, where I first encountered the magic of Broccoli Pesto Pasta. This vibrant dish emerged during the Renaissance era, which was a period of rebirth and culinary exploration. It symbolizes the harmony between the sophisticated city-dwelling nobility and the rustic countryside flavors. Let’s dive into this verdant delight!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta


  • 1 ½ cups of broccoli florets
  • 200 grams of pasta (your choice of shape)
  • ½ cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts
  • ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Embrace the Green Symphony:

– Begin by bringing a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 2-3 minutes, until they are bright green and tender.
– Remove the broccoli from the boiling water and transfer it to an ice bath to halt the cooking process. This helps retain its vibrant color and crisp texture.

2. Unleash Your Inner Artist:

– Into that same pot of boiling water infused with the essence of broccoli, add the pasta and let it cook until al dente, following the instructions on the package.
– Once cooked, drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Set the pasta aside in a large bowl.

3. Embrace the Mellow Powerhouse:

– In a food processor, combine the cooked broccoli, basil leaves, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.
– With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth and well-blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta in a Bowl

4. A Dance of Flavors:

– Pour the broccoli pesto over the cooked pasta, gradually adding the reserved cooking water to achieve your desired consistency. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the vibrant green goodness.

5. A Symphony on the Plate:

– Serve the Broccoli Pesto Pasta in warm bowls, allowing the beautiful aroma to entice your senses. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, a few basil leaves, and perhaps a drizzle of olive oil.

Tips and Variations:

  • Want to pack in more nutrients? Incorporate some blanched spinach or kale into the pesto mixture.
  • For a slightly creamy texture, add a tablespoon or two of ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt into the pesto mixture.
  • Experiment with different pasta shapes such as fusilli or farfalle to create a captivating visual experience.
  • Elevate the dish by topping it with toasted breadcrumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, or a handful of roasted pine nuts.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Final Remarks:

Through this exceptional dish, we uncover the beautiful fusion of tradition and innovation, and the possibility of transforming humble ingredients into a symphony of flavors. The Broccoli Pesto Pasta captures the essence of a rich history while maintaining versatility to suit your personal taste. So, gather your ingredients, unleash your inner artist, and embark on a culinary adventure that will undoubtedly leave you longing for more. Bon appétit!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta in a Bowl

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup (about 120g)

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
  Saturated Fat 4g 20%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
  Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
  Sugars 2g  
Protein 9g  
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 10% Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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