Broccoli Pesto Pasta

IMG_0545 I’m not sure if you all are aware, but October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You’re probably wondering why I’m posting about this in NOVEMBER. Well, a 25-year campaign that has helped raise research funds and educate women on the importance of getting regular mammography screenings is sort of a big deal and should be remembered all year round. Today, more than ever, there is an awareness that taking easy, regular steps can lead to early detection when chances of survival are highest. But we can’t remind each other of this just in October. We need to try to remember and remind others of this year round.

For this post, I’ve partnered with KitchenAid to help spread the word and do a little fundraising for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

PassthePlate1 The KitchenAid Pass The Plate campaign might just be the most perfect fundraiser I’ve ever heard of: you raise money by cooking and sharing food with loved ones. Start by purchasing (or winning!) a Villeroy and Boch Pass The Plate platter designed by Jacques Pepin and registering it on the KitchenAid site.

Then make a dish, serve it on the plate and, when you’re done, pass it to a friend. Your friend registers the same plate on the KitchenAid site, makes a dish, serves it on the plate, and passes it along to another friend.

Each time someone new registers the plate, KitchenAid donates $5 to Susan G. Komen® for the Cure.

This can go on forever. Way beyond one month of the year, long after we’ve forgotten about pink ribbons.

You can find out how to buy your plate for $24.95 on KitchenAid site. Or one of you can win one here! Scroll down below for that info.

But first, lets talk Broccoli Pesto for a minute. Are you broccoli fans? Do you buy it by the truckload at Costco like me? Well, I got this brilliant idea a few days ago and believe it or not, this pure veggie sauce is delicious, healthy, fast and my family ate it ALL. Talk about win win, folks! It might take a minute or two to get over the bright green part, but after one bite, they’ll be convinced! Just make sure to add extra cheese and they’ll be fine. At least that’s what I do with my 4 year old. And my husband.



Here’s how you make it: IMG_0510 Start by chopping some onion and garlic. Get this cooking in a small skillet over medium heat with a little olive oil. IMG_0522 While that is cooking, chop up some broccoli into florets so you have 4 cups worth. IMG_0524 Bring a pot of water to boil and add in that broccoli.  IMG_0532 Cook it until the stems are fork tender and remove from the water using a slotted spoon. Into the same hot water, pour in your pasta. Lets pretend there’s a picture of that here. IMG_0530 While the pasta is cooking, we can finish the broccoli pesto. Grate some real parmesan cheese… IMG_0534 and add it to the bowl of a food processor along with the cooked broccoli, sautéed onions and garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse it a few times and then add in a little pasta water or heavy cream to get it going and turn it into a pesto.  IMG_0538 I like mine pretty chunky and thick so I didn’t add very much cream, but you can make this how you like. Be sure to taste and adjust seasonings as you like. IMG_0543 Toss the pesto together with the pasta and that’s it! IMG_0567 Serve it up with lots of extra cheese and you’re ready to eat! IMG_0557 This was a fabulous meal my husband and I enjoyed and it was pretty healthy too! Here’s the printable. Enjoy!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

If you like regular pesto, then give this broccoli version a whirl! Delicious with lots of extra parmesan on top!

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 lb. short cut pasta, such as mini penne
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese {use the real stuff please!}
reserved pasta water or heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste


Bring large pot of water to boil. Blanch broccoli florets 2-3 minutes or until stems are fork tender. Remove with slotted spoon. Pour in pasta to same water from broccoli. Cook 7-10 minutes or until al dente.

While pasta is cooking, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until browned and softened. Spoon cooked onions and garlic into the bowl of a food processor with cooked broccoli, cheese, a little pasta water {or heavy cream} and salt and pepper. Pulse until it starts coming together, adding in more pasta water or cream to get it to the consistency you'd like. I liked mine chunky, so I didn't add too much. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Drain pasta and toss with broccoli pesto. Grate more cheese overtop and serve warm.

AND, if you’d like to win your own plate designed by Jacques Pepin, simply leave a comment below telling me what you’d cook first to serve on it! That’s it :)

Contest starts now and will end Wednesday, November 6 at 11:59pm. Winner will be drawn at random, announced Thursday morning and contacted by email. They will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Contest open to US residents only. Please note that I still love all my international readers :)

Thanks, friends!



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35 Responses to “Broccoli Pesto Pasta”

  1. #
    Annette — October 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    What a great idea. I’d probably serve Eggplant Parmesan.


    • tess — November 1st, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

      An apple tart or small pumpkin tarts, all with whipped cream.


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    kesha — October 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I would make Bacon Mac n Cheese


  3. #
    heidi — October 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    ok, so this pasta looks amazing (i was going to say amazeballs, but didn’t want to offend anyone)….so i would serve this up on the plate!


  4. #
    MaryBeth — October 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I’d make and serve shrimp risotto.


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    Lynn — November 1, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I’d make Browned Butter Alfredo Pasta, one of my favorite recipes from you Lauren!! I add diced grilled chicken, carrot discs, and broccoli to it! Kids & grand kids chow it down! I already know who I’d pass the plate to as well.
    Only thing I’m missing is the plate! I want to win please?


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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — November 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I can’t enter the giveaway because I’m in the UK :( but I needed to leave a comment anyway because this looks awesome!! I’ve made something similar before with feta cheese but this version looks wonderful too, pinning!


  7. #
    Heather — November 1, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I’d make some chicken Parmesan! beautiful!!


  8. #
    Alicia Walters — November 1, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I would make creamy curry chicken over rice!


  9. #
    Lyn — November 1, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I would make my chicken curry & brown rice


  10. #
    cathy claus — November 1, 2013 at 4:46 am

    i’d make chicken cutlets w/ a bowl of homemade marinara sauce! beautiful plate! your recipe will be in next week’s meal rotation! : ) happy november!


  11. #
    Mary B. — November 1, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I would definitely make this! It’s going on my meal plan for next week…thankfully one veggie I can get my kids to eat regularly is broccoli!


  12. #
    Melissa — November 1, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I love that fundraising idea! If I won, I’d serve roasted vegetable lasagna. It’s perfect this time of year, overflowing with healthy veggies and good for sharing.


  13. #
    Taisa — November 1, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I would love to make stuffed shells – I’ve never done it and this plate would hold them beautifully! PS I am most definitely making this pasta dish ASAP!


  14. #
    Natalie G. — November 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Blackened chicken with alfredo pasta!


  15. #
    Lauren — November 1, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Chicken tetrazzini!


  16. #
    Meredith Chambers — November 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I would serve roast chicken!


  17. #
    Athena R — November 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I would probably cook some type of pasta dish.


  18. #
    Pri R. — November 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I would serve eggplant cutlets!


  19. #
    Shelby — November 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I just discovered quinoa and have been hoarding recipes for it so I’d probably serve a quinoa recipe on it!


  20. #
    Susan P — November 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I would make chicken with artichokes in a wine sauce to share with a friend. I LOVE the whole idea of this fund raiser!


  21. #
    Lindsey F. — November 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I would love to cook up some arugula salad, roasted potatoes and NY steak and pass it on to a friend. Not many could pass that up! :)


  22. #
    Elizabeth — November 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I’d make beef tamales, rice, beans, and everything else for a fine Mexican meal!


  23. #
    Kelli — November 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I’d serve a flatbread pizza.


  24. #
    Kara Composano — November 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    a big plate of pumpkin pie cookies!


  25. #
    Kris Gamertsfelder — November 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    This broccoli pesto pasta. It looks fabulous!


  26. #
    karen — November 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I’d make some shortbread cookies.


  27. #
    Stacy Menifee — November 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’d make beef with broccoli over rice. Thanks for the chance to win!


  28. #
    Yvette N. — November 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I would make some Scotcheroos.


  29. #
    Rachel — November 3, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I’d make spaghetti squash bake. It’s a favorite in our house lately.


  30. #
    The Home Cook — November 4, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I’d serve a simple roast chicken with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.


  31. #
    Marianne — November 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I just made the Broccoli Pesto Past for dinner. Easy and delicious. I guess that would be what I would serve.


  32. #
    Heidi — June 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    This Broccoli Pesto with pasta would look wonderful on this plate!!


  33. #
    Ashley aimi — November 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I’d make this or salmon!!!!


  34. #
    MA — November 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

    the upside heart shaped cookies with pink icing bra for breast cancer awareness would be the perfect first use at our church’s coffee hour. :-) and than deviled eggs for Thanksgiving appetizer with strip of pimento on top like my dad always did. :-) live the broccoli pesto pasta recipe…just fwded it to several of my family and peeps. :-) thanks Laura for a great blog! xoMA


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