Broccoli Pesto Pasta Vegan

Broccoli Pesto Pasta (Vegan)

RECIPE TYPES Main Course, Sauce
DIET Vegan
When developing recipes, I’m always mindful of a few things. First, how can I sneak in extra veggies. Secondly, how can I reduce food waste. This raw broccoli pesto recipe does both! And it is f*cking delicious to boot.
|Written April 25, 2016

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 broccoli spears
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound spaghetti
SERVINGS 5-7 servings
TOTAL TIME30minutes
PREP10minutes
COOK20minutes
1

Cut the crown off of the broccoli spears, reserving the stalks. Chop up the crowns, separating the florets.

FACT: The part of broccoli that we consume is actually a flower. If left unharvested, those blue-green balls on top of the florets would actually blossom. So next Valentine’s Day, give your lover broccoli! Okay, maybe don’t listen to me.

Broccoli

2

Add the florets, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and olive oil to a food processor, pulsing until smooth. A couple things. First, you may want to add only half of the salt. Depending on the size of your spears, you may not need it all. Secondly, when I say broccoli spears, I think Britney Spears. Is it just me?

3

Cook the spaghetti per instructions, but follow my tips here on cooking the perfect pasta. Trust me!

4

While the pasta cooks, spiralize the broccoli stalks. Now, two Britney Spears won’t create a lot of broccoli noodles. That’s ok. The idea here is not quantity, but reducing waste.

Spiralized Broccoli

5

When the pasta is done cooking, transfer the pasta to a large sauté pan, reserving the water. And don’t rinse the pasta. If you watched my video, you know why! If you didn’t, I am cursing you right now.

6

Bring the pasta water back to a boil and then Blanche Devereaux the spiralized broccoli, for 2 minutes, or until tender. Sorry, I cannot help myself. I meant blanch it.

Broccoli Pesto

7

Add in the pesto and cooked broccoli noodles to your sauté pan and mix to combine over a medium-low heat.

8

Enjoy.

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto

EAT

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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