Skip to main content

Broccoli and Pea Pesto Pasta

Broccoli and Pea Pesto Pasta







I do enjoy sneaking extra vegetables and fruit into my children, although they still wont eat homemade chocolate cookies after the recent avocado episode. I've learnt my lesson and these days I just don't tell them, even after they've finished.

This was just plain, simple and frugal 'pesto pasta' and they gobbled it up without any questions being asked or it being poked and prodded. I think the secret is to put plenty of grana padana in (which is quite a bit cheaper than Parmesan) to make it really cheesy. Heidi who is 9 months loved spoonfuls of the 'pesto' by itself, for everyone else we enjoyed it with homemade garlic bread.

Broccoli and Pea Pesto Pasta


BROCCOLI AND PEA PESTO PASTA

| Serves: 4-5 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes |


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Head of Broccoli, broken into florets
  • 3 Handfuls of Frozen Peas
  • Handful of Basil leaves
  • 2 large Handfuls of grated Grana Padana
  • 2 TBSP Creme Fraiche
  • 2 Clove of Garlic, peeled
  • 400g Pasta - I used farfalle

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Step 1: Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the broccoli and peas for 7-8 minutes.
  • Step 2: In another pan cook the pasta according to instructions.
  • Step 3: Put the broccoli, peas, parmesan, basil, garlic and creme fraiche in a food processor and blitz until fairly smooth.
  • Step 4: Drain the cooked pasta (reserving a few spoonfuls of the cooking water) and toss into the pesto. If you want to loosen the sauce a little add the reserved pasta cooking water. The adults can add some salt and pepper at the table.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 7th January 2016 |


I'm entering this into a few blogging challenges:
ExtraVeg blog hosted by Helen and co-hosted by Michelle
Meat Free Mondays hosted by Jac
Credit Crunch Munch hosted by FabFood4all and Helen



Comments

  1. I love the idea of adding broccoli and peas to pesto...I bet it tastes amazing!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was lovely and great to see the kids gobble it up

      Delete
  2. Nice to see you back Beth. Great recipe, I do one similar and it's yummy. Thanks for entering it into Meat Free Mondays. The roundup is live and I'm busy promoting your recipe now :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a fabulous and nutritious pasta dish that I'd love to try! Thank you for entering #CreditCrunchMunch:-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just delicious Beth, I made pea pesto the other day, but can see the broccoli is an excellent added extra! Thanks for sharing with #ExtraVeg

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment!

Popular posts from this blog

Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

These flapjacks are now my official weekday grab and go breakfast. I make a big batch on Sunday evening and I'm all set for the week. Oddly I don't really like peanut butter but it works well in this recipe. You can always substitute it for an extra 100g of ordinary butter if you wanted. A handful of raisins makes a nice addition too.

OTHER FLAPJACK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKEBanana and Coconut Flapjacks from Jam and Clotted CreamCherry Oat Bars from A Mummy TooChocolate and Banana Flapjacks from Tinned TomatoesDark Choc Chip Flapjacks from Munchies and Munchkins
HONEY AND PEANUT BUTTER FLAPJACKS


print recipe
Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks by Beth Sachs October-8-2012 These flapjacks make a great grab and go breakfast or after school snack Ingredients 100g Butter100g Peanut Butter200g Demerera Sugar200g Clear Honey400g Rolled Oats Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line and grease a 30 x 20cm tin.Step 2: Melt the butter, peanut butter, sugar and honey together…

Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies

My Mum used to make these moreish buttery cookies all the time and they bring back great childhood memories of licking the syrup spoon clean. They take less than 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes in the oven so they are super speedy for busy days...and most importantly the kids love them.


GOLDEN SYRUP AND OAT COOKIES



print recipe
Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies by Beth Sachs August-17-2009 A super easy golden syrup and oat cookie recipe. Ingredients 100g Butter100g Caster Sugar2 TBSP Golden Syrup100g Self Raising Flour100g Oats1/2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°c Fan and line two baking sheets with baking paper.Step 2: In a large pan melt the butter, syrup and sugar then stir in the flour, oats and bicarbonate of soda.Step 3: Roll into large walnut size balls and place well apart on the baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes.
Details Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 MinutesTotal time: 20 Minutes
Yield:Makes 15 cookies

Pin the Golden Syrup and Oat C…

Microwave Jambalaya

Microwave meals are back and this is a fab bung it in the microwave recipe that's a real lifesaver when time is short...or when you don't have the use of an oven! People don't tend to use their microwaves for actually making meals but I've found I can do quite a lot in mine...veggie chilli, risotto's, as well as this really flavourful jambalaya with chorizo and red pepper.

I'll be posting more easy microwave meals in the coming weeks so keep an eye out on the blog.



MICROWAVE JAMBALAYA| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 22 Minutes | Total Time: 27 Minutes |
Ingredients:400g Can of Chopped Tomatoes (with added chilli if you like it spicy)Canful (empty can of tomatoes) of Easy Cook Long Grain Rice1 Red Pepper, chopped120g Chorizo Sausage, cut into chunks2 TSP Cajun SeasoningHandful of grated cheddarInstructions:Step 1: Empty tin of tomatoes into a large microwaveable bowl. Fill the empty can with rice then add it to the bowl. Now fill the can with wate…

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (No Browning Required)

My slow cooker is my best friend on week days, especially when it's a recipe like this Chilli Con Carne that requires NO pre browning of the meat. It takes all of 3 minutes to 'make' before leaving the slow cooker to do all the hard work during the day. Then, when you get in from a long day at work and the kids are starving, all you need to do is cook some rice and grate some cheese! If you have any leftovers you can stir them into cooked pasta the next day along with some creme fraiche and grated cheddar for a super simple chilli pasta bake. Everyone in my house loves this recipe...well apart from the kidney beans which the kids aren't too keen on!



TOP TIPS FOR MAKING SLOW COOKER CHILLI CON CARNEIf your children actually like kidney beans (mine usually pick them out) add another tin for extra fibre.Instead of adding the spices separately you could buy a Chilli Con Carne spice sachet (e.g. Schwartz) and use that instead.If you like a bit of heat add a tsp of dried chi…