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Broccoli pesto pasta

Serves   4
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 21 mins

Made with only a handful of ingredients, this vibrant broccoli pesto recipe is incredibly easy to whip up for your next weeknight dinner. Impress even the littlest members of your whānau with this tasty green pasta.

Broccoli pesto pasta

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • ½ cup Pams Walnut Halves
  • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 large handful basil
  • 350g dried pasta
  • 6 rashers Pams Streaky Bacon, diced

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the broccoli. Cook for 4 minutes, then using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer to a food processor, leaving the water on the stove to cook your pasta.
  2. Place the walnuts in a small pan over medium heat and toast until fragrant. Add to the food processor with the lemon, garlic, parmesan, basil and a good glug of olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper, then process until well combined. 
  3. Return the water to the boil and cook your pasta as per packet instructions. 
  4. While the pasta is cooking, heat a drizzle of oil in a large fry pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the diced bacon until crisp and golden. 
  5. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Toss the pasta through the broccoli pesto. If it’s too thick, add a splash of pasta water a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Top with the crispy bacon and serve immediately. 

Top tip:

Delicious and versatile, this pesto recipe is great as a salad dressing or on homemade pizza. It even works great when doubled and popped in the fridge!