Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach

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This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Get ready.  Get set.  Start drooling!  This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn’t lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. 

Then, if all of this wasn’t enough!?  I used the most amazing Banza Cavatappi Pasta, made from chickpeas.  The hollow cavatappi curl hugs and holds the sauce in all the right places so each bite is saucy perfection!

 

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta has a thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips and spinach. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Health-ifying a Classic

My Mom would make Beef Stroganoff for special occasions growing up.  I adore it!  Even as an adult, when I would go home to Chicago to visit, she would always have Beef Stroganoff for me.  Mom’s always remember what we love :).  But…I really wanted to make a healthier version of this classic beef dish so I could enjoy it more often with ingredients that I always have on hand.  Here are the 4 changes I made to the recipe:

  1. Replaced beef with lean chicken breast
  2. Thickened the sauce first with a cornstarch slurry so that I could cut down on the sour cream added
  3. Added spinach for color, texture, vitamins, and nutrients
  4. Replaced regular egg noodles with a healthier and gluten free pasta option made from chickpeas!  

Let talk about that last one.  I wanted to find a gluten free pasta that could stand up to this delectable sauce and not turn to mush.  Enter BANZABanza has a variety of pasta shapes and sizes all made with Chickpeas!  That means they have more fiber, more protein, and less carbs than a regular pasta made from flour.

Here are some other easy recipes that you can use Banza pasta in!

Chicken Stroganoff in a skillet with mushrooms and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

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

No hightech gadgets for this one, just your best and largest non-stick skillet/frying pan! I use 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!

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE COOKING KIT

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 could make the entire dish in advance and reheat.  If you do this, I suggest keeping the pasta separate from the sauce through the reheating process as they will have different times and you don’t want to overcook the pasta.

But, if you’re just looking to get ahead on the ingredient prep, then start by prepping the chicken.  Cut the chicken breast into strips. I like to do this with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife.  Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.Knife slicing mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

COOK YOUR CHICKEN STROGANOFF RECIPE 

Start by cook the pasta.  Be sure you don’t do this too early that it gets cold, but if you start to boil the water at the same time you start cooking the chicken, you will be good!  Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn’t stick together.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that’s normal. Strain the pasta and rinse with hot water, then add back to the pot and cover until ready to serve.

Note: Of course you can use any pasta you want!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.

Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.Measuring cup pouring water over cooked chicken in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.Mushroom, uncooked slices in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

1 tablespoon of cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Whisking slurry into mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

Adding sour cream to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas Mixing sour cream into chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta.    ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach.  It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
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Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach & Pasta

This Chicken Stroganoff Recipe with Spinach over pasta takes a delicious classic and adds a healthy twist.  BUT, I promise, it doesn't lose an ounce of flavor!  You still get that thick, creamy, savory, and earthy mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy brightness from the sour cream.  Then you have meaty and hearty chicken strips that are seared for maximum flavor.  Spinach is added for more texture, color, and healthy brightness. #stroganoff #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #chicken #healthydinners #familydinners #dinnerideas

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, pasta, spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz chicken
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 10 oz Mushroom
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into strips. Store sealed in fridge until ready to cook.

    Cutting raw chicken for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic. Store separately in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced mushrooms for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Cook

  1. Cook the pasta by adding 5-6 cups of water to a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil and then add the pasta. Stir the pasta so it doesn't stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. There will be foam created from the chickpeas, but that's normal. Strain the pasta and rinse, then add back to the pot until ready to serve.

    Pouring a box of Banza pasta into a pot of water for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Preheat a large skillet on high. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken strips on plate for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  3. To the hot skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and then the chicken strips. Separate the strips into a single layer to sear on one side, about 4-5 minutes. Then flip the strips over to sear on the other side, another 5 minutes or until all of the chicken is cooked and there is no more pink.

    Cooked chicken strips in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  4. Add a 1/2 cup of water to the chicken and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Remove the chicken from the pan along with any juices.

    Spoon removing cooked chicken from pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  5. To the same pan, add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the sliced mushrooms. Separate them into a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Let them sear on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the mushrooms over to cook on the other side, about 4 minutes.

    Cooked mushrooms in pan for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  6. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk.

    Cornstarch being added to milk for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  7. Then add the chicken broth and vegetable broth, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Stir in the minced garlic and bring up to a light simmer.

    Spoon adding garlic to mushrooms in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  8. Add the slurry to the skillet and whisk to combine. Continue to stir as the sauce starts to thicken and the whisk leaves a trail in the pan.

    Thickened mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  9. Add back the chicken, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Stir in the sour cream and then add the spinach. Stir and let the spinach start to wilt. (NOTE: if you want the spinach more cooked down, add it earlier, when you add the chicken)

    Adding spinach to chicken and mushroom sauce in skillet for Chicken Stroganoff with mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas
  11. At this point, you can mix in the pasta or serve the Stroganoff over the pasta. Enjoy!

    Chicken Stroganoff on a plate with Cavatappi pasta, mushrooms, and spinach. It has a thick, creamy, savory mushroom sauce with a touch of tangy sour cream. #chickendinners #chickenrecipes #familydinners #dinnerideas

Recipe Notes

  1. While I used Banza Gluten Free Pasta, you can certainly use any pasta or noodle you prefer!  My Mom always made Stroganoff with Wide Egg Noodles.
  2. I used both chicken broth and vegetable broth in this recipe.  Chicken for the flavor and vegetable broth because it has a darker color and helps to give this Chicken Stroganoff that familiar brown colored sauce.  You can certainly use 2 cups of Chicken Broth.
  3. For the spinach, I like it bright green and barely wilted for lots of texture.  However, if you want it cooked down more, then add it earlier when you add the chicken.

 

 

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