Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Marla Meridith

October 5, 2012



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A few amazing things happened this week. Some of them have to do with food, others not (you will need to hold tight on those.) One amazing thing can be called to attention now. Broccoli Pesto Sauce that doubles as a dip.

Thanks to my friend Catherine McCord and her wonderful book Weelicious I now have a new favorite. Let’s learn more about this…

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

Meet Catherine…hi there! Not only is her cookbook awesome but she is such a great gal. I love her energy spunk and great taste. We have lots in common and we really like clean, healthy and delicious food…

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Have you ever made a small life decision that impacts your world in a great way. I did just that this week.

One of the smartest moves I have made in a while:  I have delegated a whole lot of school drop-offs and pick-ups to my hubs. That guarantees me more time in the kitchen to experiment with new recipes like this AMAZING Broccoli Pesto.

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

Have you ever made pesto sauce with broccoli? It is one of the simplest things to prepare and it offers a great flavor boost to just about everything. Of course you can use it as a pasta sauce. I love mine stirred into quinoa. How about topping a baked potato with this? I also tossed chickpeas with it, a great way to go.

By the way I have a delicious Toasted Walnut Spinach Pesto you can check out too.

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

Make your pesto as thin or thick as you like. I like ours on the thicker side. To thin it out simply add some more olive oil or water when blending. On the thinner side it would make a great salad dressing.

Really the sky is the limit.

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

This is 1 out of 140 healthy and tasty recipes that Catherine has in her book.

She uses easy to find, whole foods in her recipes. They are kid-tested, parent approved & great for you. Catherine proves that we can teach or kids to make healthy choices by introducing them to making right decisions from the beginning.

There is nothing sneaky or tricky involved.

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

Catherine and I (along with a lot of you) have the same mindset about providing nourishing fit-food to our families.

Kids should join in the shopping and cooking experience, they love watching processes and sequences of events.

Also having them help in the kitchen from time to time strategically sets them up to be little foodies. The less hectic weekends are a great time for this!

Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

This book is not only for people with little kids. It is great for anyone who is trying to live a life filled with simple, budget friendly, great tasting whole foods.

There is a section on baby purées, but you can bypass that or enjoy them as a “big kid” if you don’t have littles in your house. The bulk of the book is great for anyone, any age at all!

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Broccoli Pesto Recipe from Weelicious on MarlaMeridith.com

Do you have a favorite pesto recipe? Do you go traditional with basil or do you have a special twist?

*This recipe is adapted from the Weelicous cookbook. Pesto is open to lots of creativity, have fun with it!

Click HERE for recipe details.

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91 Comments
  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife
    Posted at 06:13h, 05 October

    I love any type of pasta. Pasta = my favorite meal and I am so wanting to go home and try this broccoli pesto right now! These pictures are stunning!

  • RavieNomNoms
    Posted at 06:14h, 05 October

    What a fantastic recipe! Definitely trying it and soon!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 06:20h, 05 October

    A great pesto/sauce! I haven’t tried this version yet.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Sarah
    Posted at 06:25h, 05 October

    Is there a substitute for the toasted walnuts?? 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:57h, 05 October

      Hi Sarah, experiment with different nuts. Pecans and almonds would be amazing. Pistachios too. Hazelnuts could be an interesting twist. Unless of course there are nut allergies?

      • Sarah
        Posted at 07:19h, 05 October

        Yes my boyfriend has a nut allergy 🙁

        • Marla
          Posted at 09:23h, 05 October

          Maybe replace the nuts with unsalted sunflower seeds? Or just add some extra cheese? Hmmmmm. Let me know what you come up with 🙂

          • Pamela Salzman
            Posted at 11:40h, 09 March

            I just substituted sunflower seeds for nuts in my kale pesto and it turned out great! The sunflower seeds just take a few extra minutes to grind in the food processor, but otherwise it’s an easy sub!

          • Marla
            Posted at 11:52h, 09 March

            Awesome Pamela! You have inspired me to do the same 🙂

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 06:27h, 05 October

    I am a “pesto” freak. Any veggie there is- just throw it in a pesto. I love Catherine- this is a great recipe!

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:34h, 05 October

    Loving that cookbook and I love this recipe!

  • Stacie
    Posted at 06:35h, 05 October

    My favorite family meal is a hearty, homemade soup with crusty bread.

  • Lauren G
    Posted at 06:37h, 05 October

    My fav is my mom’s spagetti!

  • Jill Smisek
    Posted at 06:41h, 05 October

    My family’s favorite meal depends on which member you are talking to 😉 One of my children loves anything pasta-related, so I can’t wait to try this pesto!

  • Kristy
    Posted at 06:42h, 05 October

    My favorite home cooked meal is tacos!

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 07:07h, 05 October

    We love homemade pizza. It’s one of the few things we eat almost weekly around here.

  • Dora
    Posted at 07:27h, 05 October

    Meatless lasagna…even the carnivores in the fam love it 🙂

  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    Posted at 07:29h, 05 October

    I was also intrigued by this broccoli pesto when I saw it in her book!

  • Robin
    Posted at 08:16h, 05 October

    Thanks for featuring my kale and basil pesto! Love your site!!!

  • Amber k
    Posted at 08:28h, 05 October

    I LOVE to bake enchiladas! So yummy, and usually always have leftovers for lunch the next day. Yummy! :o)

  • Vera
    Posted at 08:29h, 05 October

    My favorite family meal is chicken/tuna pasta salad. I make a huge bowl and my husband and I eat it for days.

  • Amy
    Posted at 08:31h, 05 October

    My current favorite home-cooked meal is carnitas!

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
    Posted at 09:01h, 05 October

    My mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup is such a favorite, no matter what season!

  • Christy
    Posted at 09:12h, 05 October

    My favorite family meal is burrito and taco night. Yum

  • Kendra
    Posted at 09:14h, 05 October

    We love homemade pizza with Alfredo sauce, spinach, chicken and veggies:)

  • Amanda Woody
    Posted at 09:51h, 05 October

    This looks really delicious! I love the idea of putting it in quinoa; I’m definitely going to try this soon. 🙂

  • Kate@Diethood
    Posted at 09:53h, 05 October

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with, Marla, now that you will have more time!
    So happy to see this cookbook – Catherine has great recipes for the picky kids!

  • Karen
    Posted at 09:58h, 05 October

    My husband would either choose the Lasagne or Chicken Enchiladas.

  • Kate@Diethood
    Posted at 09:59h, 05 October

    OH! Favorite meal would have to be anything that involves salads for me and pasta for the rest of the family.

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 10:03h, 05 October

    Nothing can beat homemade spaghetti and meatballs!!

  • Linda C.
    Posted at 10:07h, 05 October

    My fave is homemade lasagna.

  • Lucy
    Posted at 10:07h, 05 October

    Love everything about this post – the book, Catherine, a way to put broccoli in pasta – I mean what’s not to like there?! I rather went off traditional pesto in fear of Pine nut mouth but the use of walnuts is a great substitute – that and sourcing the pine nuts from Spain or anywhere outside China… odd I know!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:08h, 05 October

    Homemade from scratch pizza! There are so many variations!

  • barbara n
    Posted at 10:10h, 05 October

    My favorite home cooked family meal is spaghetti and meatballs!

  • Angie W
    Posted at 10:23h, 05 October

    I have never homemade pesto sauce but this made me want to try it! I am just getting in to cooking. Before now my husband and I haven’t been so great at eating healthy… This cookbook would be a great way to get me on the right track!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 10:25h, 05 October

    I love the idea of broccoli pesto!

  • Meera
    Posted at 10:35h, 05 October

    My kids love pasta!

  • Ludicrous Mama
    Posted at 11:03h, 05 October

    crockpot veggie curry

  • Kelli
    Posted at 11:06h, 05 October

    My favorite home cooked family meal is chili. I always make a big batch to freeze extra. We love to eat it with tortilla chips, over baked potatoes, on hot dogs, in omelettes, etc. One pot creates so many options for us =)

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 11:08h, 05 October

    fave meal to cook at home is….do cookies count? 🙂

  • Megan
    Posted at 11:21h, 05 October

    My grandmother’s fried chicken will always be my favorite.

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 11:27h, 05 October

    I don’t have one favorite, I love all sorts of pasta dishes. And of course the bread that goes with it!

  • fitzwoman
    Posted at 11:35h, 05 October

    Spaghetti & meatballs!

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 11:37h, 05 October

    My favorite home cook family meal is Stir Fry Veggies Noodles. My kids love it and they can eat that everyday.

  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
    Posted at 11:41h, 05 October

    Favorite meal at home is homemade GF lasagna. I like having leftovers for a few days afterwards!

  • Molly
    Posted at 11:52h, 05 October

    Sounds delicious. I’ll be making this tonight! 🙂

  • Britt
    Posted at 12:14h, 05 October

    Currently in love with creamy and evil stovetop mac and cheese. Absolutely no one complains, its quick and easy, you can dump in add-ins galore and only one pot to clean!

  • Kara
    Posted at 12:52h, 05 October

    My favorite meal (at the moment) is anything with pasta…Italian, Asian, or even Mexican-inspired!

  • Sarah L
    Posted at 13:45h, 05 October

    I love spaghetti or sloppy joe’s.

  • Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    Posted at 13:51h, 05 October

    This cookbook looks great!

  • Bonnie K
    Posted at 13:58h, 05 October

    My favorite home cooked family meal is lasagna.

  • Lisa | With Style and Grace
    Posted at 14:19h, 05 October

    so excited to get my hands on this book! love the idea of making pesto with broccoli & can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Kristen McLane
    Posted at 15:42h, 05 October

    I love a good roasted chicken dinner.

  • Kristi P.
    Posted at 16:00h, 05 October

    Love love love new ideas for kid meals!!

  • Sallie
    Posted at 16:24h, 05 October

    Every Sunday, my mom would make pasta with homemade meatballs and it’s always been my favorite meal 🙂

  • Melanie Morin
    Posted at 16:47h, 05 October

    My favorite home cooked family meal is my mom’s chicken, she uses BBQ chips crumbs as breading on it it’s so good!

  • Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme
    Posted at 18:37h, 05 October

    I love playing around with pesto flavors. My recent favorite is arugula pesto. I will certainly have to try broccoli as well

  • Julie S.
    Posted at 19:08h, 05 October

    I think my daughter-in-law would really like this book.

  • Amanda Thompson
    Posted at 20:12h, 05 October

    Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

  • Catherine
    Posted at 04:54h, 06 October

    Looks delicious! I have some broccoli so we will be trying it today!

  • Jeanie
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 October

    Looking forward to trying it!

  • cquek
    Posted at 07:29h, 06 October

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 12:20h, 06 October

    I am a lover of a good pesto and I love your take on this classic. Thanks for sharing

  • Michelle S
    Posted at 12:44h, 06 October

    Fresh Pasta with fresh pasta….nothing better. Well maybe chocolate 🙂

  • jessica w
    Posted at 15:40h, 06 October

    lately we have been all about beef stroganoff

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Posted at 20:41h, 06 October

    I love using vegetables in my pesto. This looks so scrumptious and the photos, drool-worthy for sure 🙂

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 21:52h, 06 October

    This looks so fantastically good. Yum!

  • blima
    Posted at 00:52h, 07 October

    This looks so fantastically good. Yum!

  • cindi
    Posted at 06:32h, 07 October

    soup is my fav!!

  • Heather
    Posted at 11:07h, 07 October

    This looks so good!

  • grace
    Posted at 13:49h, 07 October

    Spaghetti … we used gluten free noodle and made my own spaghetti sauce (so I can add and hide those green veggies 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Esi
    Posted at 15:39h, 07 October

    Yum, I have been consuming so much broccoli lately. Looks like a great book.

  • Gary
    Posted at 19:30h, 07 October

    Our favorite family meal is a sandwich and a warm soup.

  • Lyn
    Posted at 09:50h, 08 October

    My favorite family meal is pasta and meatballs because I know my whole family will sit and eat without any complaints. My personal favorite is chicken noodle soup.

  • gail
    Posted at 10:33h, 08 October

    probably beef stew

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    Posted at 11:00h, 08 October

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  • Ashley
    Posted at 13:06h, 08 October

    Our favorite family meal right now is a quick crockpot pot roast with potatoes. It is perfect for winter and an easy meal for mom 😉

  • Hannah L
    Posted at 18:36h, 08 October

    butternut squash mac & cheese

  • Sarah H.P.
    Posted at 19:55h, 08 October

    I love a good roast chicken with veggies and homemade bread!

  • valerie
    Posted at 22:34h, 08 October

    vegetable stir fry

  • Joan
    Posted at 06:07h, 09 October

    Mac and cheese, meat and a veg. sometimes just two or three vegs and no meat with the mac and cheese.

  • Nicci
    Posted at 16:55h, 09 October

    I love my mother’s pork schnitzel, with rice and dill gravy…to die for comfort food!

  • Karen S.
    Posted at 11:00h, 10 October

    Pesto chicken (with homemade pesto), homemade noodles and a spinach salad with walnuts, apples or pears, gorgonzola in a raspberry vinaegrette (homemade raspberry vinegar!).

  • Lyndsey @ Sit. Stay. Good blog.
    Posted at 13:17h, 10 October

    My favorite home cooked meal is meatloaf with mashed sweet potatoes. Yum!

  • Renee
    Posted at 14:39h, 10 October

    I love to make homemade pizza – sometimes I can’t believe that I can make pizza! And its one of my kids’ favorite things to eat.

  • Kendra
    Posted at 07:50h, 11 October

    Salmon, potatoes, veggies, and fresh bread 🙂 =YUM

  • Christina C.
    Posted at 18:00h, 11 October

    My favorite home cooked meal includes seared Korean-style salmon, brown rice, and sauteed broccoli. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s one of my favorite meals!

  • Jean (lemons and anchovies)
    Posted at 07:51h, 17 October

    As usual, pretty pictures! I’ve never tried broccoli in pesto sauce but the idea sounds wonderful, especially your mention of adding it to quinoa. Must try soon.

  • Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks
    Posted at 20:02h, 12 January

    This sounds like it would be delicious! Your silverware is just too cute, too 😉

  • Anastasia Halldin
    Posted at 18:40h, 17 February

    Such a quick and easy recipe. Love how you can put the potassium rich broccoli in this recipe that the kids will even enjoy!

  • Rana@PrettyintheKitchen
    Posted at 13:14h, 22 March

    I recently just started my own food blog and always love checking out other food blogs for inspiration. This recipe looks yummy! Love anything with Pesto!

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