Mini Beef Wellington Bites

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Mini Beef Wellington Bites stacked on platter.  They are flaky and buttery on the outside.  Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Warning!  This recipe is irresistible and crazy-addictive.  These Mini Beef Wellington Bites are flaky and buttery on the outside, meaty and succulent on the inside.  Baked Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  My version of this classic is approachable, easy and taste ridiculously delicious. 

They are perfect for a party because you can make them ahead and freeze them and then simply bake them off when ready to serve.  They are also great for kids.

Approachable Decadence

Beef Wellington is an English recipe.  It traditionally has a filet of beef layered with pate or foie gra and a duxelle, which is a chopped mushroom mixture.  It’s all wrapped in puff pastry and baked.  Now, this can be intimidating!  So, back when I was catering, I set out to create a more approachable version.

‘Mini’ is definitely more approachable!  If you mess one of them up, you still have 19 more.  You can also be confident that the slice of meat will be cooked through vs. with a large roast.

I eliminated the pate and added parmesan to the mushrooms.  I love mushrooms and parmesan just enhances the salty, nutty flavor so perfectly.  It also adds the creaminess that you would have gotten from the pate.  And frankly, there is already so much flavor from the puff pastry, the beef filet, and the mushrooms, that pate seems like overkill.

Check out just how easy these are to make!

Here are a few more decadent recipes made more approachable to try!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, I used a food processor to do all the chopping work on the mushrooms. You can certainly do this by hand, but my go-to mini food processor was the perfect for the job.

For both searing the beef filet tips and for cooking the mushrooms, I used my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!.

Lastly, you will also need a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) for baking the mini beef wellingtons.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MINI BEEF WELLINGTON BITES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Puff Pastry can be found in your freezer section of the store.  Keep it frozen and put it in the fridge to thaw a day before you plan to use it.

This recipe starts with Petite Beef Filet.  It’s one of the most tender cuts without the most expensive price tag.  The Petite Filet comes from the shoulder and is so incredibly tender.  It tastes very similar to filet mignon, but is much less expensive.

You can make the beef a day or 2 early as well. You will be par-cooking the beef as it will finish cooking in the pastry later.  I season very simply with salt and pepper and a very light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil that I rub all over.  Then I sear the outside of the filets in a pan on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side to get a nice brown crust.  Then I move it to the oven center rack and cook for 15 minutes in 375 F degrees.

Raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood  

Seared raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Beef Filet in pan in oven for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

When the beef is done cooking, transfer it to a plate to rest and cool down.  

For the Mushroom filling, start by chopping the mushrooms into small pea-size pieces.  You can do this by hand, but it is much easier in a food processor.

Finely Dice the Onion. Mince the garlic. You can store these in the fridge together until ready to cook.

Add the mushrooms to a preheated skillet or frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil (you can use the same one the beef cooked in).  Add the diced onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix to combine and spread out into a layer covering the entire pan. Let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Then mix and spread into a layer and cook for another 5 minutes. When the mixture has cooked down and the onions are translucent, transfer it to a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

Add 1 tbsp milk or cream and the parmesan cheese to the mushrooms and quickly mix through so it doesn’t start to melt and clump. Store in the fridge to cool until ready to assemble.

Mushrooms in food processor for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Mushrooms, onions, seasoning in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Cooked chopped mushrooms in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Adding milk to cooked chopped mushrooms in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Mixing mushrooms and parmesan in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

ASSEMBLE & BAKE YOUR MINI BEEF WELLINGTON BITES 

When you are are ready to assemble, start by beating an egg in a small bowl.  Put your beef filet on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. It’s ok if it looks really pink or even rare in the center as the beef will cook inside the pastry.

Sliced beef filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Using a large cutting board, sprinkle with flour. Carefully open up a puff pastry sheet and place on the floured board. Roll it out evenly so that it grows in size about an inch in every direction.

Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 10 even rectangles.Rolling Puff Pastry sheet on cutting board for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Puff Pastry sheet cut into 10 pieces for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Using a pastry brush or your finger if you don’t have one, brush the egg mixture along the edges of each pastry rectangle.

Place a slice of beef in the center of the rectangle, then scoop a small amount of the mushroom mixture on top. Fold the sides of the pastry over and press to seal. Then turn the beef ‘package’ over so the seal is on the bottom.

Using a fork, press the sides together to seal the sides.

Brushing Puff Pastry sheet with egg for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Slice of beef on cut Puff Pastry for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Spoon adding mushroom filling on top of slice of beef on cut Puff Pastry for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Place all of the mini beef wellington bites on a large sheet pan and brush with the remaining egg mixture. At this point, you can place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer them to a freezer container once frozen. They will last in the freezer for 3 months.Brushing egg on uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Bake in the oven on the center (and top rack if you have 2 pans) for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and the tops are golden brown. (if you are baking from frozen state, add about 5 minutes to the cooking time, but DO NOT THAW BEFORE COOKING)Cooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Mini Beef Wellington Bites stacked on platter. They are flaky and buttery on the outside. Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
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Mini Beef Wellington Bites

These Mini Beef Wellington Bites are flaky and buttery on the outside, meaty and succulent on the inside.  Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  They are perfect for a party because you can make them ahead and freeze them and then simply bake them off when ready to serve. #appetizers #partyfood #christmasparty #beefrecipes #partyrecipes #smallbites #appetizerrecipes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine English
Keyword party appetizers, party food
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 Pieces

Ingredients

Mushroom Filling

  • 8 oz White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Milk or Cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Other Ingredients

  • 16 oz Petite Beef Filet
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Start by putting the frozen puff pastry into the fridge to thaw the day before.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

  3. Finely Dice the Onion. Mince the garlic. You can store these in the fridge together until ready to cook.

  4. You can make the beef a day or 2 early as well. You will be par-cooking the beef as it will finish cooking in the pastry later. Season very simply by rubbing olive oil all over and sprinkling liberally with salt and pepper.

    Seasoned Raw Beef Filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  5. Then I sear the outside of the filets in a pan on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side to get a nice brown crust.  Then I move it to the oven, center rack and cook for 15 minutes in 375 F degrees. When the beef is done cooking, transfer it to a plate to rest and cool down.  You can store covered in the fridge until ready to slice and assemble.

    Seared raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  6. While the beef is cooking, you can make the Mushroom filling. Start by chopping the mushrooms into small pea-size pieces.  You can do this by hand, but it is much easier in a food processor

    Mushrooms in food processor for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  7. Add the mushrooms to a preheated skillet or frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil (you can use the same one the beef cooked in).  Add the diced onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix to combine and spread out into a layer covering the entire pan. Let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Then mix and spread into a layer and cook for another 5 minutes. When the mixture has cooked down and the onions are translucent, transfer it to a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

    Mushrooms, onions, seasoning in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  8. Add milk (or cream) and the parmesan cheese to the mushrooms and quickly mix through so it doesn't start to melt and clump. Store in the fridge to cool until ready to assemble.

    Mixing mushrooms and parmesan in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Assemble and Freeze or Bake

  1. When you are are ready to assemble, start by beating an egg in a small bowl.

  2. Put your beef filet on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. It's ok if it looks really pink or even rare in the center as the beef will cook inside the pastry.

    Sliced beef filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  3. Using a large cutting board, sprinkle with flour. Carefully open up a puff pastry sheet and place on the floured board. Roll it out evenly so that it grows in size about an inch in every direction. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 10 even rectangles.

    Puff Pastry sheet cut into 10 pieces for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  4. Using a pastry brush or your finger if you don't have one, brush the egg mixture along the edges of each pastry rectangle.

    Brushing Puff Pastry sheet with egg for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  5. Place a slice of beef in the center of the rectangle, then scoop a small amount of the mushroom mixture on top. Fold the sides of the pastry over and press to seal. Then turn the beef 'package' over so the seal is on the bottom.

    Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  6. Using a fork, press the sides together to seal the sides.

    Fork sealing uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  7. Place all of the mini beef wellington bites on a large sheet pan and brush with the remaining egg mixture. At this point, you can place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer them to a freezer container once frozen. They will last in the freezer for 3 months.

    Uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  8. Bake in the oven on the center (and top rack if you have 2 pans) for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and the tops are golden brown. (if you are baking from frozen state, add about 5 minutes to the cooking time, but DO NOT THAW BEFORE COOKING)

    Cooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

    Hand holding Mini Beef Wellington Bite with bite taken. Buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood #beefrecipes #appetizerrecipes

Recipe Notes

  1. The 30-minute Prep Time includes the time to sear and par-cook the beef, as well as to make the mushroom filling.  The 15-minute Cook time is for baking the Mini Beef Wellington Bites.
  2. These can be frozen up to 3 months in advance.  Freeze after you place on the sheet pan and brush tops with egg, BEFORE YOU COOK.  When you do cook them after freezing, simply put on the sheet pan frozen and add about 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork and pine nuts and basil on counter. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli saved my sanity – don’t worry, I’ll explain.  So, today, I give thanks to the broccoli gods with this Broccoli Pesto Pasta!  It’s creamy, hearty, delicious AND good for you!  Woo hoo!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But rather a huge punch in the face of flavor, it’s a bit more mellow and healthier for you by adding broccoli!  The broccoli is simply blended with the other ingredients and helps to really sell this dish to my kids.  

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork in pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Saved My Sanity

When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she started to become picky with foods and not so eager to try new things, especially veggies.  I would get frustrated, worried, panicked, scared, and yes, even crazy.  However, broccoli was the one veggie that she would eat.  And let me tell ya, I latched on to that broccoli for dear life.  Broccoli gave me new hope.  It gave me freedom, it gave me my sanity back. 🙂

Here are some more great broccoli recipes to try!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with parmesan on top. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a food processor for the pesto. I used my go-to mini food processor which was the perfect size for sauces, dressings, and small amounts of pureed ingredients.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR BROCCOLI PESTO PASTA

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For this recipe, you can do 3 levels of easy prep…

  • You can prep just the broccoli and garlic
  • You can make the pesto ahead
  • You can make the pasta and pesto ahead and just reheat when you want to eat

Let’s start with prepping the ingredients and waiting to make the pesto and pasta.  Rough Chop 3 cups of Broccoli into pieces about 1/2 inch in size. They will go into the food processor later, so it doesn’t matter what they look like, just that they are about the same size.  You can also buy broccoli rice that’s already prepped from the store to save time.

Steam the broccoli in 1/2 cup of water either on the stove or in the microwave. Steaming should only take about 5 minutes or so.

While the broccoli is steaming, rough chop the garlic.

MAKE YOUR BROCCOLI PESTO & COOK YOUR PASTA

Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once boiling, add a tsp of salt and the pasta. Mix the pasta in the water and bring back to a boil. Cook pasta for 5-8 minutes until al dente.

To a mini food processor, add the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, water, and olive oil. Pulse to blend. Then add the broccoli, salt, and pepper and pulse to blend again.

Basil, Pine nuts, garlic in mini food processor for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Basil, Pine nuts, garlic blended in mini food processor for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli added to Basil, Pine nuts, garlic blended in mini food processor for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Once everything is fully blended, scoop out into a large bowl (large enough for pasta) and mix in the grated parmesan cheese.Parmesan Cheese added to pesto in a bowl for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Pesto in a bowl with spoon. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

When the pasta is finished cooking, scoop out with a strainer, saving the pasta water, and transfer to the pesto bowl. Add a 1/2 cup of the pasta water and then mix to combine the pasta and the pesto. You can add more pasta water if needed. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and/or parmesan cheese as needed/desired.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta in pot with spoon with pine nuts and basil on counter. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork in pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta is delicious AND good for you! It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. But rather than a huge punch in the face of flavor, it's a bit more mellow - and healthier - for you with the addition of broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner #healthydinner #vegetarian #meatlessmeals #busymom

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword broccoli, pasta, pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 457 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Broccoli Florets and stems, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 cup Basil Leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 16 oz Fusilli Pasta, dried

Instructions

Prep Ahead Instruction

  1. Rough Chop 3 cups of Broccoli into pieces about 1/2 inch in size. They will go into the food processor later, so it doesn't matter what they look like, just that they are about the same size.

  2. Steam the broccoli in 1/2 cup of water either on the stove or in the microwave. Steaming should only take about 5 minutes or so.

  3. While the broccoli is steaming, rough chop the garlic.

Make Your Pesto and Cook Pasta

  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Once boiling, add a tsp of salt and the pasta. Mix the pasta in the water and bring back to a boil. Cook pasta for 5-8 minutes until al dente.

  2. To a mini food processor, add the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, water, and olive oil. Pulse to blend. Then add the broccoli, salt, and pepper and pulse to blend again.

    Broccoli added to Basil, Pine nuts, garlic blended in mini food processor for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner
  3. Once everything is fully blended, scoop out into a large bowl (large enough for pasta) and mix in the grated parmesan cheese.

    Parmesan Cheese added to pesto in a bowl for Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner
  4. When the pasta is finished cooking, scoop out with a strainer, saving the pasta water, and transfer to the pesto bowl. Add a 1/2 cup of the pasta water and then mix to combine the pasta and the pesto. You can add more pasta water if needed. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and/or parmesan cheese as needed/desired.

    Broccoli Pesto Pasta in pot with spoon with pine nuts and basil on counter. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner