An easy, nutritious and kid-friendly pasta pesto recipe made with super healthy broccoli! Nut free too! Sure to go down a treat.
Pasta Pesto is one of those meals that probably appears on the tables of most families at least once a week.
Quick and easy to whip up on busy days, it’s always sure to go down a treat with kids and adults alike.
And whilst there is nothing wrong with cracking open a jar of pesto when you have next to no time to cook, I thought I’d try out a homemade pesto recipes that’s packed with some sneaky veggies, starting with this Broccoli Pesto!
Broccoli is one of those “love it or hate veggies”, especially for kids. My own children are not massive fans so I tend to have to hide it in order to get them to eat it!
Like all green veg, broccoli is super nutritious. It’s high in Vitamins K and C. It’s also a good source of Vitamin A and also potassium and folate, making it a really important addition to a child’s diet.
To make the pesto I first steamed the broccoli. Steaming is generally the best way to cook veggies. It preserves more of the nutrients but you can cook it by boiling in a pan of water too.
Next I mixed the cooked broccoli in a food processor with the other ingredients. Feel free to alter the amount of oil, parmesan, garlic, etc to your own liking and taste as you go along.
The pesto will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container or jar in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
The pesto is delicious simply served with pasta. But it also works great on pizza, in a sandwich or even topped on chicken and baked.Print
An easy, nutritious and kid-friendly pasta pesto recipe made with super healthy broccoli! Nut free too!
- 250g broccoli
- 50g grated parmesan
- 150ml olive oil
- 3 large / 5 small basil leaves
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove
- salt and pepper to taste
- Steam the broccoli until it’s tender enough to stick a knife through the stalks.
- Add the broccoli to a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blitz until smooth.
- To make pesto pasta simply mix a few spoons of the pesto with cooked pasta.
- Alternatively the pesto can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.