Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto

by Amy on May 27, 2014 · 27 comments


I’m in cookbook heaven again.

This one is from Donna Hay. You’re all familiar with her, right? – Australian food stylist, author, and magazine editor. Nominated for a James Beard Award in Photography and a James Beard Award for General Cooking, with 22 award-winning cookbooks, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide and translated into nine languages.

Yet her recipes are unbelievably simple and completely home cook friendly.

Oh, and so good. Crazy good. 

Her latest, Fresh and Light, lived up to all my expectations.

Donna Hay Fresh and Light Cookbook

She proves once again that great food doesn’t have to be complicated or include 50 different ingredients to achieve a flavorful meal. And every recipe has an accompanied photograph that is stunning – this could easily be a coffee table book, it’s so gorgeous. Another winning factor is for many recipes in this book, she includes six variations, with a picture of each one. Boom.

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto

So far I have made four from her book and I struggled with what to share, because they were all wonderful. But since we’re truly transitioning into light, summer foods, this pasta and broccoli pesto is perfect.

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto

You can buy Fresh and Light here, and I highly recommend you do. Worth every penny!

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

• 1 1/2 cups broccoli
• 1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup fresh parsley
• 1/3 cup pine nuts
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• 7 ounces thin spaghettii

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Fill a large bowl with water and ice. Make sure to leave enough room for the broccoli to comfortable fit. Put the broccoli into the pot of boiling water and allow it to boil for three minutes. Remove the broccoli from the pot and put it directly into the ice water, making sure the broccoli is covered with the water completely. Wait one minute then remove the broccoli from the ice water. Pat dry.

Place the blanched broccoli, garlic, parsley, pine cuts, and olive oil in a food processor and give it a whirl until it’s finely chopped.

In the meantime, bring a medium pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, al dente, about 7 minutes.

Drain pasta and toss with the broccoli mixture. Season with a bit more salt and pepper. Serve hot, warm, or cold with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

(originally from Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light)

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Joanne June 1, 2014 at 5:16 am

I’ve been grappling with whether or not to buy this book…and you have pushed me firmly into the YES zone!! That pesto sounds so good. And i want to inhale the cover recipe as well.


Connie | URBAN BAKES May 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

This looks absolutely divine! So tasty it’s making me hungry again and it’s past dinner. Love it!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I’m in love!!! What a great recipe. This would get my family to not grumble about broccoli…


Sarah Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) May 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

Broccoli pesto is genius. LOVE!


Nutmeg Nanny May 29, 2014 at 6:36 am

This pasta is so beautiful!


Rok Jurca (ROKCO) May 29, 2014 at 2:55 am

This would also work very nice with basil pesto. Very nice idea for quick lunch.


Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox May 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

You photos are gorgeous! And I love the idea of broccoli pesto, fabulous!


Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic May 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I am all about fresh & light food in the summer–especially anything pesto related. Most of my family reacts as if I’m poisoning them if I try to feed them basil pest, so broccoli pesto might be a great compromise.


Susan May 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I want what’s on the cover of that book. Also broccoli pesto for the win! I haven’t made it since last summer. I’m overdo for it again.


Stephanie May 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

I actually never heard of Donna Hay until just now. I feel ashamed. This pesto looks and sounds AMAZING! Billy isn’t a huge fan of traditional pesto, so I’m always super psyched to try variations like this. Perfect for the warmer weather, too! I will have to check out this book for sure!


Samantha May 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

I love trying different kinds of pesto. This broccoli version sounds amazing!


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I’ve been wanting to try this, I knew it would be amazing! Such a gorgeous cookbook.


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out May 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

This is so going into the dinner rotation!


Jessica (Savory Experiments) May 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I have so many cookbooks and I need to make more of an effort to cook from them. I love the idea of using broccoli for pesto!


Lauren Kelly May 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I haven’t met a pesto that I didn’t love and this one looks amazing!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Donna Hay’s books are incredible, aren’t they? Looks like this one is no exception. Can’t wait to get a copy.


Rachel Cooks May 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I just love this cookbook and I need to add this recipe to my must-make list. Love your photos, btw!


Colleen (Souffle Bombay) May 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

OOOh, love this – my kids are both pasta & broccoli addicts! Since they are allergic to nuts I’ll swap out the pine nuts – thank you!


Paula - bell'alimento May 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

This. This is lovely and must happen soon. And that book, okay off to Amazon.


Dani H May 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

Oooooh! Broccoli pesto sounds yummy!


How to Philosophize with Cake May 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

Broccoli pesto sounds awesome, and so does that cookbook! I’ll have to see if they have it at the library. Thank you for the recommendation!


Ginny McMeans May 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

This is a lovely light supper. Love the broccoli pesto!


Angela @ Mind Over Batter May 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

I agree, great and flavorful food does not have to be complicated. I love this broccoli pesto pasta! So light and fresh!


Brenda@SugarFreeMom May 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

I agree that great food doesn’t have to be complicated! Love this light and fresh pesto pasta!


Martha @ A Family Feast May 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

We have this cookbook too (it’s wonderful!) but haven’t yet tried this recipe! Looks delicious!


Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) May 27, 2014 at 7:03 am

I love this! The idea of a broccoli pesto is brilliant and it looks so fresh and bright! Perfect for summer time.


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom May 27, 2014 at 5:48 am

Wow! What a great find, if this recipe is any indication! I love this pesto!


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