Delicious take on traditional pesto with a great creamy texture. Perfect with fusilli, bow ties, or hot baked French bread. Serve over grilled chicken too. DELICIOUS!

genalynne
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, cover, and steam until tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

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  • Blend steamed broccoli, basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, vegetable broth, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a blender until smooth and pourable.

Nutrition Facts

112 calories; 10 g total fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 54 mg sodium. 3.3 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Delicious.. the creamy texture is wonderful. I used the florets and stems of a whole broccoli since it was going to pureed anyway... cheaper. Now I need to figure out how not to eat all of it as a snack.. would be a nice chip dip or even a spoonful on top of hot soup Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/28/2014
It was not creamy at all way too dry and clumpy and had no delicious taste to it. I had to add jarred Alfredo sauce to the mixture to make it somewhat edible! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Delicious.. the creamy texture is wonderful. I used the florets and stems of a whole broccoli since it was going to pureed anyway... cheaper. Now I need to figure out how not to eat all of it as a snack.. would be a nice chip dip or even a spoonful on top of hot soup Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Delicious.. the creamy texture is wonderful. I used the florets and stems of a whole broccoli since it was going to pureed anyway... cheaper. Now I need to figure out how not to eat all of it as a snack.. would be a nice chip dip or even a spoonful on top of hot soup Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2014
Yummy! I used walnuts because it is what I had. Great way to use broccoli stalks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2015
Both broccoli and traditional basil pesto are among my favorite foods and this recipe made me feel like I'd gone to heaven. I've eaten it on pasta spread as a layer on salmon and baked/broiled and just straight out of the food processor because it's so darn good. I didn't have broth so I just adjusted the oil to get the consistency I wanted. Simple and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/28/2014
It was not creamy at all way too dry and clumpy and had no delicious taste to it. I had to add jarred Alfredo sauce to the mixture to make it somewhat edible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2015
Easy fast recipe! Two full cups of broccoli!?!? You won't be forcing anybody to eat their green vegetables with this sauce! It is out of this WORLD! I had to forego the pine nuts and the fresh basil. I did use 1/4 cup dry basil and threw in a handful of pimiento-stuffed olives. I ended up adding more EVOO and used the liquid from steaming the broccoli for the broth. And I substituted Pecorino Romano for the Parmesan! I slow-cooked 2 large chicken breasts in Italian seasonings then I shredded the chicken and mixed with the Pesto sauce and served over Penne pasta. Flexible recipe that can be expanded upon in many ways! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2016
I absolutely love this pesto. I used feta cheese instead of Parmesan because my my Parmesan was moldy. But is was still delicious. I used it on some pasta and I also had some on crackers. I almost prefer to eat it on crackers it is that good. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/10/2016
way to much garlic and basil did not taste well to me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2017
I had overripe broccoli that I didn't want to throw away so I used it in this recipe. It turned out a lite yellow-green but the taste was still outstanding! I used only 2 cloves of garlic but there was still plenty of garlic undertones. I used more than 2 cups of broccoli and a little more veg broth ( I didn't measure how much-I just always dump it in). The cayenne made it too spicy for me so next time I'm going to skip the cayenne. This recipe made a double batch for me since I added additional broccoli. My family loved this recipe and it's a great ways Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
My new favorite pasta sauce!:) Read More