Pasta ai Broccoli e Pesto


Pasta ai Broccoli e Pesto

  • Servings: “4”
  • Difficulty: easy
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Nonna has always taught us to eat as many vegetables as possible, Broccoli are some of our favourites and they are so good for you! Full of goodness and extremely tasty. This recipe is just perfect for everyone, you can eat it hot or cold 🙂

Beautiful and fresh for lunch and dinner, this is perfect for packed lunch too. Your family will love it!


  • 350g pasta (short pasta preferably)
  • 250g Broccoli florets
  • handful of fresh basil
  • handful of parsley
  • 3tbs olive oil
  • salt, pinch
  • pinenuts, 100g
  • 1 clove of garlic


  1. Boil 1 litre of water in a large saucepan. Add a table spoon of course salt and add the pasta in. Follow the cooking times on the package and add the broccoli florets 4 minutes before the pasta is cooked.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, use a pestle and mortar (or a hand blender will do the job too) and blend together the basil, parley, olive oil, salt, pine nuts and garlic. No nuts if you have a nut allergy. You can add a handful of parmesan cheese or a handful of fresh rocket.
  3. Drain the pasta and the broccoli.  Mix together with the pesto and ENJOY!!!


Who said Broccoli are boring?

I am lucky as both of my kids love Broccoli, I am always trying new recipes and whenever I make a new dish they are the first to taste it!!!  I like to give the kids different healthy options, with Broccoli you can never go wrong.

This is a simple Broccoli Salad with lots of goodness and flavour!!!


Serves 4 people


one broccoli Florette,

one white onion

handful of fennel seeds

1 tin of chick peas

handful of prunes, diced

2 tbs of olive oil

juice and zest of one lemon


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Slice the onion in thick slices and place it into a baking tray with a little olive oil and the fennel seeds scattered on the onions. Put in the oven and cook for 25 minute. Cut the broccoli into small florets and if you don’t want to use the stem, it’s great to add it into soups. Blanch the florets in boiling water (I would add a pinch of course salt). It’ll only take 4/5 minutes as they need to be quite crunchy. Drain the florets and place then on a large dish. The onions should be nearly ready by now, if you feel they are drying out add a splash of water on the dish, not on the onions! Drain the chick peas and scatter them on the florets. Place the onions on the dish, you might find some slices a bit more “caramelised” than others, they give great colour to the dish! Sprinkle the prunes, the lemon zest, the lemon juice and the olive oil……Pronto!!! 

Enjoy this fresh new salad with cows-cous, grilled fish and even as a side for a BBQ  xx