Broccoli Pesto Sauce

broccoli pesto sauce

Broccoli Pesto Sauce. I mentioned the other day that I was making a broccoli based pesto sauce and I received a HUGE reaction! I’m not sure what made people’s mouths water. Broccoli Pesto Sauce or maybe it was just those three words:broccoli, pesto, sauce.

In reality I didn’t think much about it. Take some cooked broccoli chop, add garlic, cheese and seasonings. I got tired of sauces on noodle side dishes and craved something lighter.

Tuna and Marinated Peppers was already slated for dinner. I just needed a quick side dish.

I plated dinner and my guy says, “You should take a picture. This looks so good.”

So I did. No styling, no arranging just dinner. If you blog about food, you can appreciate how wonderful eating your meal fresh and hot can be!
Here you go. A quick, tasty way to flavor bland, boiled noodles and add a bit of texture.

Broccoli Pesto Sauce is a keeper!

Blanch stemmed broccoli to crisp tender, then drain and chop for best results.

I’ve made Watercress Pesto and Spinach Pesto both without basil.

I wonder how cauliflower would work as a broccoli substitute? If it turns out good, I’ll let you know!

Broccoli Pesto Sauce
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  • 3 cups chopped cooked broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add broccoli and garlic in a food processor and finely chop. Blend in cheese, salt and pepper. With machine running, drizzle in oil.
  2. Toss over cooked pasta or add to cooked rice.
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7 Responses to Broccoli Pesto Sauce

  1. What a great idea! I bet this was delicious –
    Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva recently posted..#SundaySupper – The Duffin aka Cinnamon Sugar Donut MuffinsMy Profile

  2. I love different pesto sauces that do not use basil. Your broccoli pesto sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make it. Pinning/sharing.

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  3. This pesto sounds perfect for pasta!
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