August 9, 2010


Broccoli Pesto

broccoli pesto in bowl
My monthly challenge is back, and for August the challenge is to create a pesto.  This pesto is one that my family has enjoyed for several years.  Unfortunately, I put too much garlic in this particular time and had their mouths burning!  If you like broccoli, I think you’ll enjoy this.  Just go easy on the garlic.

If you do find the garlic is too strong, try cooking the pesto a bit.  I used the leftovers in a variety of ways and we found the garlic was fine after I heated the pesto in a skillet for a few minutes.

Broccoli is one of our favorite vegetables, so I’m not sure what someone who doesn’t like broccoli will think.  If they don’t like the texture, putting it in pesto will change it.  If they don’t like the taste, pesto changes that some too, but not completely.  Give it a try and see what they say.  If it works, it’s another great way to get them to eat their veggies!

This recipe includes nuts and cheese as is traditional with pesto.  However, you can leave one or the other out.  I think the pesto would really suffer if you leave out both, but omitting either the nuts or the cheese works.

Also, the broccoli makes a pretty thick pesto.  I ended up adding more oil to the pesto shown above.  You could also cut back on the broccoli.  Either way, it’s good.

Broccoli Pesto

Wash, cut, and steam the broccoli until it is tender but not overcooked.  Place the broccoli, garlic, cheese, salt & pepper in the bowl of your food processor using the regular chopping blade.  Process until the broccoli is finely chopped.  Keep the processor running and slowly add the olive oil through the tube until combined.  Serve with pasta.

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This post is linked to the following food carnivals.  The links you will find there are not necessarily gluten-free, but many are naturally gluten-free or can easily be adapted.


Great way to use broccoli!
Our family loves broccoli, too. I will have to give this a try. It sounds great.
I am so accustomed to using basil in pesto that the two had melded into one idea. I love the idea of making a pesto with something other than basil. Now you've got me thinking...
That sounds awesome and so creative!
Very clever! I've never made pesto with broccoli. I bet it's just as good as other types!
That sounds so good. We love broccoli and pesto. I am excited. I love new things that are easy to make and change up our menu. Thanks for the great recipe.

Awesome recipe!! Love using green vegies as a condiment.

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