Simple and delicious: pasta with broccoli pesto

Delicious and simple pasta with broccoli pesto |

When it comes to pasta Tom and I tend to have a disagreement on what is good and what is not. He wants his pasta to be rich. With lots of sauce and other goodness in there and while I dont mind a rich pasta I like it better when it is simple and with less ingredients. Case in point is this really good but really simple pasta.

Charlotte and I made it when we were having one of our regular cooking sessions and we were both really impressed with the simple yet delicious flavors. But the man of the house was not impressed. He didn’t hate it but he would never make it on his own. Men can be weird that way sometimes or is it just mine?

What is your preference? Simple or do you like yours to be slathered in sauce as well?

Pasta with broccoli pesto


  • 400g spaghetti
  • 250 gr broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp parmesan ,grated


  1. Cook the pasta according to package instruction. While the pasta is cooking briefly cook the broccoli for a few minutes.
  2. Drain the broccoli and return it to the pan. Lightly mash the broccoli with a potato masher or fork. (or use a small foodprocessor. Finely grate the garlic and zest the lemon, then mix into the broccoli with the chilli flakes and pine nuts. Cut the lemon in half and keep for later.
  3. Drain the spaghetti and return it to the pan. Stir the broccolipesto through it and add the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add the olive and parmesan. Toss it all together and serve immediately!
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Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer


  1. Thanks for the recipe Simone! Like you, I also prefer a simple pasta with few ingredients..I also like to experiment with various herbs and spices sometimes..

  2. Sorry i can’t see the content of this recipe !
    Thank you ! 🙂

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