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Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Indrani Dhar
5 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Broccoli Pesto Pasta RECIPE

Perfect recipe for kids who don't like to eat broccoli. Kids won't realise they are eating a healthy veggie. Easy-to-make, healthy and yummy, perfect for kids after-school snack or for lunch-box.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Italian
  • Snacks
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Pasta of your choice
  2. Broccoli : 1 medium
  3. Carrot : thick long slices
  4. Garlic : 2-3 fat cloves(grated)
  5. Milk : 1/2 cup
  6. Mozzarella/parmesan : 2/3 cup, shredded
  7. Salt and black pepper to taste
  8. Oil (Vegetable or olive oil) : 1 tblsp.
  9. Dried Chilli flakes : 1 tsp. (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta in a big bowl of boiling water till al-dante. I dropped few carrot slices in there and cooked along. When done, strain and keep aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl or in a steamer, steam or cook the broccoli till they are cooked. Broccolis should be little soft as we are going to mash them for pesto. Drain and keep aside.
  3. In a pan, heat oil, add grated garlic cloves, saute for a minute. Then add broccoli pieces, mash them completely with the back of your ladle. Now add cooked pasta along with carrot slices. Add seasonal fresh peas if you like. I did.
  4. Season with salt, black pepper and chilli flakes. Mix well and keep sauteeing for a couple of minutes. Now add milk and shredded cheese. On a medium flame, mix everything well till cheese melts and nicely coats the pasta.
  5. By now, your pasta will be nicely coated with mashed broccoli and cheese. Season as per your liking and remove from heat. Serve immediately from the pan. You can also add other vegetables if you want.

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sabina haque
sabina haque   Feb-20-2017

Ruchi Gaur
Ruchi Gaur   Jan-23-2017

very nice recipe, kids do love pasta..

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