Broccoli Pesto #SundaySupper

Broccoli Pesto, a healthy, 15 minute dinner idea

So, given it’s the new year, we’re *almost* (but not really) getting rid of the comfort food, baked goods, and doughnuts. Okay, that’s not entirely true, what I want is to be a more conscious eater. I’d like to be less lazy and be able to throw together a balanced meal, even on nights where I don’t get home until 7.

And this recipe fits the bill. Actually, it fits the bill AND allows a gal to eat a little comfort food. Because, if your pasta sauce is basically a head of broccoli, there’s no way you should feel bad about tossing it with pasta and lightly shaving it with a little Parmesan.

Actually, the theme of my first-ever #SundaySupper (hosted by Gluten Free Crumbley) is A Lighter New Year, and if you’re looking for more inspiration make sure you check out some of the other really creative ideas by the bloggers below!

Broccoli Pesto, a healthy, 15 minute dinner idea

The matcha powder in this recipe does serve a purpose. I did quite a bit of reading up on the uses of matcha powder and one the things I discovered is that you can sprinkle it on vegetables for a little umami flavor. Its earthiness definitely goes well with the broccoli in this instance, although you can certainly make this without, and unless you also want to try this White Matchocolate, you probably shouldn’t rush out and buy a bag of matcha just for the ½ teaspoon in this recipe.

Obviously, tossing your pasta in it makes this a great weeknight meal, but my family has also used this 15 minute pesto in sandwiches with satisfying results. Imagine using this spread on a BLT?

Broccoli Pesto, a healthy, 15 minute dinner idea

I also like adding a tablespoon of store-bought pesto to this. I would use my own recipe, but there is that pesky basil problem I mentioned earlier. Believe me, if I could use the fresh stuff, I really would.

The only thing I would caution against is anything that will require more than a very quick heat. For example, add it to your pasta at the very end of cooking it. I wouldn’t add it back to a pan or anything to keep warming it all up.

Broccoli Pesto, a healthy, 15 minute dinner idea

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Broccoli Pesto #SundaySupper
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This is a nutrient-rich pasta sauce that only takes 15 minutes to come together.
Recipe type: pasta sauce
Cuisine: vegetarian
  • 2 heaping cups broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ (scant) teaspoon of salt
  • Possible Flavor Add-ins: 1 tablespoon prepared pesto, a small handful of fresh basil, fresh sage, fresh cilantro, or any other herbs that tempt you!
  1. Steam the broccoli for 3 minutes.
  2. Toss everything into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Depending on the quality of your blender, you can also finish off any stray chunks with a knife.
  4. Serve on pasta or as a sandwich spread.

Check out all of the other great recipes inspired by today’s lighter new year theme:

Bright Beverages

Blissful Breakfast Items

Appetizing Starters

Savory Soups and Sides

Marvelous Mains

Delightful Desserts

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    • sircserreb says

      Thanks! I’m so excited to be participating…I’m a big believer in family meals. And this pesto is certainly a good way to disguise the broccoli!

    • sircserreb says

      I’ve usually been a stickler for the traditional pesto in the past, but by using different ingredients I think it has made it easier to explore! Bring on the pesto!

    • sircserreb says

      It is! We serve this on pasta with those little “leftover” veggies that might otherwise get thrown out. Or roasted red peppers. I’m a sucker for those.

    • sircserreb says

      This is the first savory dish I’ve ever tried it in. I kept it light – but I think we’ll also be experimenting with it here!

    • sircserreb says

      It’s nice to “meet” you on the blog, too! I think your thoughtful comment has just made my day! And I will just have to mosey on over and see your snickerdoodle recipe (a favorite cookie of mine).

  1. Dionne Baldwin says

    Now this is something that I could feel good about eating! This sounds really good, actually. I was craving broccoli earlier so this must be a sign! :-)

    • sircserreb says

      I know the feeling…I’m in love with carbs. Pasta, bread, tortillas, pizza…sigh. I think I like the idea of this pesto because you put it on…spaghetti!

  2. says

    I love this! What a great way to eat your broccoli, and would work beautifully for people (cough, me, cough) who sometimes find the texture of broccoli florets to be a little off-putting. Though I’ve gotten MUCH better about liking my broccoli in recent years, I’d probably still prefer it pureed. Thanks for posting!
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    • sircserreb says

      I’m the same way…I’ve never really liked the texture of raw broccoli. I love the taste OF broccoli…just not raw! I steam most of my broccoli and if I’m using it in a cold salad just immediately place it in an ice water bath!

    • sircserreb says

      There are a lot of health benefits – I started to drink it because even though there is caffeine in it, it is released in slower, steadier doses than coffee (and it makes for a creamy, frothy morning treat if you make it into a latte;). Have fun reading!


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