Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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Marlo loves this.

No, I’m not kidding.

Let me be clear. The noodles are covered in green stuff and she can’t get it in her mouth fast enough.

When it’s all gone she asks for more while still chewing her last bite.

It’s good, good for you and unbelievably simple.

But then again you expect that here, right?

Broccoli Pesto Pasta
Adapted from Good Housekeeping Family Vegetarian Cooking

12 oz. (just shy of the full pound box) spaghetti
16 oz. bag frozen broccoli florets
2 big garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
coarsely ground black pepper

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, prepare broccoli according to package directions. I opt to microwave. Works great every time.
3. In food processor fitted with blade attachment, puree cooked broccoli, garlic, broth, cheese, olive oil and salt.
4. Mix pasta with broccoli pesto. This takes some time to get it evenly distributed.
5. Serve immediately with a generous grind of black pepper. Don’t skip the pepper.

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5 Responses to “Broccoli Pesto Pasta”


  1. 1 marla {Family Fresh Cooking} August 18, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Just saw this at tastespotting—-gorgeous pasta dish & yes, so very healthy. Need to try it!!

  2. 2 Ninette August 18, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Broccoli is definitely not a favorite of mine, but maybe I would try this!

  3. 3 shitjennylikes August 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Mmm. I love brocolli, pesto and pasta. This looks perfect for when I go away to college.

  4. 4 Honey August 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    this is brilliant, you are brilliant.
    i’m so trying this.. and SO healthy.
    why didn’t i think of this?
    🙂
    great job!

    • 5 randomanderson August 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Well thank you for the compliments, but I must point out that my brilliance ends in finding this recipe in the Good Housekeeping cookbook. I, too, wish I dreamed this up. But then again, if I had, I’d probably be working for Good Housekeeping.


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