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Broccoli Basil Pesto Pasta

Broccoli, as you all know, is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins and the benefit of including them in your diet are endless. Sometime back, I shared an easy and healthy broccoli and capsicum curry which can had with phulkas or rice and dal. Today I'm sharing a pasta recipe with broccoli and I'm sure even kids would love this pasta dish.

Broccoli adds a healthy twist to the good old basil pesto. Broccoli is low in cholesterol, high in fiber and vitamins and addition of broccoli to pesto makes it more nutritious. I saw this recipe in a local magazine and adapted to suit our taste buds. Keep the pesto little bit chunky as it adds some texture to the pasta. Try out this simple and healthy pasta at home and let me know how you liked it.


{ Pasta with broccoli, basil and pine nuts pesto }
Serves 2-3


2 cups pasta
1 ½ cup broccoli florets
½ cup basil + few extra
3 tbsp pine nuts
½ clove garlic
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp lemon rind
3 tbsp olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp dried red chilly flakes
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste


1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Once it starts boiling, turn off the heat and add the broccoli. Cover and keep for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Drain the water completely.

2. Cook the pasta according to the instructions given in the packet. Wash under cold water and drain water completely.

3. Place broccoli, basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, lemon rind, olive oil, lemon juice in a food processor. Blitz until everything is just combined.

4. Add salt, pepper, red chilly flakes to the pesto and mix. Add the pesto sauce, basil leaves to the cooked pasta and toss well. 

Notes and Tips
  • You can use walnuts or almonds instead of pine nuts.
  • Do not blend the pesto to a smooth consistency. Just process until everything is combined.
  • You can add some grated Parmesan cheese while serving.


  1. wow colorful and a healthy way to eat pasta than usual sauce

  2. Love this plate...broccoli pasta sounds very delicious!!!

  3. one of my kids favourite.. Looks yum! tempting clicks

  4. looks super delish and colorful!! Would love to grab the plate!!

  5. OMG, Love the vibrant color and flavors going in this pasta! Pinned and def will try!

  6. Love pesto.. This broccoli pasta sounds interesting

  7. Even those who don't prefer broccoli will love this dish! Looks so good!

  8. Delicious and healthy pasta recipe............. :)

  9. Broccoli pesto pasta sounds delicious.. Beautiful clicks as always :)

  10. Wish I could grab that plate.. Love the healthy broccoli pesto. My kids would love this one.

  11. Just love the color of the pasta... looks so good...

  12. A healthy and delicious recipe with pasta..... :)

  13. Neat presentation, pasta looks so refreshing..

  14. Pasta looks super fresh and delicious!

  15. Beautiful pics Sona.. The pasta looks so green, fresh and delicious.

  16. love all kind of pesto, this looks delish.

  17. Lovely colour makes the platter inviting.. could finish the whole thing .. yummy !

  18. I really love This color actually ..nice combo fr pasta lovers..

  19. This looks fabulous Sona. First time here. Glad to follow you. Happy cooking.

  20. Fabulous pics dear.. the pasta looks really good.. so green and fresh.


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