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Thursday, December 20, 2012


        I am not a big fan of broccoli. But Aj loves it. I make broccoli stir fry every week. When I saw this in the cook book, I wanted to give it a try.  I tried a bit after I finished making and just loved the taste a lot. It was lemony and tangy which I loved the most. Its very easy and made quickly as well. Try this healthy pesto for an alternate for the usual pesto. Here the weather is chilled and it rains Stormy Cloudeveryday and when ever I touch the camera, its becoming dark as if its 6 o’clock in the eveningI dont know. Sigh. Yesterday also I was photographing something for the blog and until I prepare, it was bright, the moment I went to click, it started raining. I was prayingPraying it should not rain atleast until I finish, but no. Its going to be like this for a while here in SG as its the rainy season now!




Pasta (I used Penne) 1/2 cup
Broccoli cut into small florets 1/2 cup
Parmesan 2 tblsp
Lemon zest from a lemon
Lemon Juice from half of a lemon
Pine nuts 1 tblsp
Salt and pepper As needed
Red chilli flakes 1 tsp
Olive oil 1 or 2 tblsp


  1. Boil water and cook pasta as pet the package instructions. Drain and keep aside. Scrap the lemon to gather lemon zest.2-broccoli
  2. Boil water with a tsp of salt and add the broccoli and boil for 4 minutes. Drain and keep aside.1-broccoli
  3. Mash it with potato masher or fork roughly and mix in the pine nuts, red chilli flakes and lemon zest. In a pan, place the pasta, add the prepared broccoli pesto. Squeeze the lemon over it.3-broccoli
  4. Mix well and  sprinkle salt and pepper as per your taste,drizzle olive oil and lastly spoon in the grated parmesan and mix well to coat the pasta.4-broccoli
                                               Yummy lemony broccoli pesto pasta is ready!

  • No need to heat the the pasta after we add broccoli pesto.
  • Olive oil helps to bind the pesto and pasta.
  • The quantity given will serve 2 kids.

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  1. I am also not a fan of broccoli my kids love it.. This dish looks it is worth a try.. will try out..
    On the weather u bet! It is so difficult for blog photos!

  2. i never thought u could make pesto wit brocoli..Awesome idea rahi, will try it.

  3. Its so greenish... Tempting me to taste it right away Raji...

  4. looks yummy....:)will try this very soon...:)

  5. I do something very similar too ..looks very yum

  6. Delicious pasta...Love the nice fresh green color..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. I was wondering if you missed adding pesto,then saw you made pesto out of broccoli!Wonderful!

  8. Wonderful Pasta Recipe. Great Pics....!

  9. Delicious recipe , nice color :)

  10. wow!!!a healthy one!!!!!wil surely try it...jus a request dear...could u pls update the recipes on THE MENU list?

  11. A very healthy and guilt free pasta!!! love the color!!! bookmarking it...
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  12. I live broccoli in any form..nice idea o pesto with it

  13. Nasi, sure will do it, thought no body accessing it ;)

  14. Ahhhh I love it raks. Brocolli is my daughters fav veggie.I always make it on friday night.

  15. Sounds interesting love to try.

  16. Looks so appealing, love this pesto variety...very tempting pasta and beautiful clicks too!

  17. My kids love both broccoli and pesto and what a great idea to make a pesto with broccoli. Just a few days back I read this suggestion of blending regular pesto (storebought or home-made) with either spinach or broccoli as a way to get more veggies into kids. This sounds like another yummy alternative.

  18. Wow this is yum.
    Did not think making pasta like this ever. Thanks.

  19. One of the beast way to sneak broccoli,loving this pesto.

  20. Very healthy and very different from the usual pasta preparation..:) Loved the dusky green colour..

  21. Very inviting and comfort dish.

  22. We Love broccoli in any form, this recipe sounds easy n delicious...sure going to try this!!
    I am also using this Extra Light Olive oil for baking, shallow frying n for regular cooking-cooking Olive oil :)
    Love your pics, looks very inviting!

  23. delicious bowl of pasta

  24. i made this pasta with slight variation today and even posted it on my space too...thanks for this yummy n healthy recipe.

  25. Hi,

    Where did u buy pine nuts in SG? Can walnuts be used instead of pine nuts.


  26. Shall we use any other nuts other than pine nuts?


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