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 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

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.

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
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
50%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
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 Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.