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Video: Creamy pesto pasta with broccoli

This brilliant midweek wonder (modest!) is a variant on a recent post I did for Broccoli, asparagus and spinach pasta with creamy pesto. It has become a real favourite in the house, so I wanted to do a video blog. I haven’t changed it too much, just added tomatoes and not asparagus this time – you can add asparagus, or leave out the spinach or tomatoes, whatever, I won’t be offended! Kids seem to love it as it’s very pesto heavy, and I love it as it’s healthy and so creamy. Why not swap white pasta for wholewheat or spelt pasta to make it even more nutritious?

I love the fact that the pasta and the broccoli cook at the same time. So, depending on how tired or desperate for a glass of wine sit down you are, you have the option of upgrading it and making your own pesto or (and I do this a lot) just buy a jar and whack that in. It is still good, but I have to admit that making your own pesto does give it that extra tang. But, you know, it’s nice to have options!

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Serves: 3-4
Prep time: 10 minutes (to make fresh pesto)
Cook time: 10 minutes 
Total time: 12 minutes (you can make the pesto whilst the pasta is cooking)

1 head of broccoli, stalk removed and diced, florets cut into 2 or 4 so all the same size (skinny florets)
300g wholegrain pasta (I used penne)
3-4 tablespoons of creme fraiche
1 jar (or thereabouts) of pesto, homemade (see below) or shop bought
2 handfuls of fresh spinach (optional)
1 handful of baby plum tomatoes, halved
Extra parmesan to serve

Fresh pesto:
100g pine nuts
100g parmesan
50g basil
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 clove garlic


  1. Get a large pan of water on boiling for the pasta. Salt it and when boiling angrily, add pasta. 
  2. About 2 minutes later, add the broccoli skinny florets. Leave to cook for about 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, if you feel so inclined, make fresh pesto by whizzing up the ingredients. 
  4. Reserve a half mugful of pasta cooking water and set aside. When the pasta is cooked but still al dente, drain. 
  5. Mix the pasta and broccoli with the pesto, spinach, a couple of splashes of cooking water, and tomatoes. Give it a really good stir. Season if required. Serve with black pepper and more parmesan. 


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