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Bowties with Broccoli Pesto

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 30 min total time
  • 14 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Broccoli gets double billing in this tasty pasta dinner--it stars in the pesto and adds to the color and flavor of the pasta.

Pesto

1
bag (12 oz) Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen broccoli cuts
1/2
cup fresh basil leaves
1/4
cup walnuts
1
clove garlic
1/4
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1/3
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons water
1
teaspoon lemon juice

Pasta

4
cups uncooked multigrain bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (8 oz)
1
medium yellow bell pepper, cut into small bite-size strips
1
medium plum (Roma) tomato, seeded, chopped
Additional shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, if desired

Steps

  • 1 Cook broccoli as directed on bag until crisp-tender; drain. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the broccoli.
  • 2 Place remaining 1 1/2 cups broccoli and all remaining pesto ingredients in food processor. Cover; process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
  • 3 In 4-quart saucepan, cook pasta as directed on package, adding reserved 1 1/2 cups broccoli and bell pepper during last 1 minute of cooking time. Drain; place in serving bowl. Add tomato and pesto; toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional cheese.
  • 1 Cook broccoli as directed on bag until crisp-tender; drain. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the broccoli.
  • 2 Place remaining 1 1/2 cups broccoli and all remaining pesto ingredients in food processor. Cover; process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
  • 3 In 4-quart saucepan, cook pasta as directed on package, adding reserved 1 1/2 cups broccoli and bell pepper during last 1 minute of cooking time. Drain; place in serving bowl. Add tomato and pesto; toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional cheese.

Expert Tips

The broccoli pesto makes 1 1/4 cups. Try it in other recipes where pesto is the star!

You can substitute your favorite pasta in this recipe. Just cook as directed on package, adding the broccoli and bell pepper near the end of the cooking time, and proceed as directed in the recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
3g
14%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
180mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
Protein
9g
9%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
50%
50%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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