Bowties with Broccoli Pesto

Bowties with Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli gets double billing in this tasty pasta dinner--it stars in the pesto and adds to the color and flavor of the pasta.

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

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
  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.
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 320
    • (Calories from Fat 150),
  • Total Fat 17g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 180mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 33g
    • (Dietary Fiber 5g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 9g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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 Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.