Arugula and Walnut Pesto Pasta with Broccoli

5 (250g each)


10 min


10 min

--- Ingredients ---


  • 1 cup (25g) arugula leaves
  • 1½ cups (36g) firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup (42g) walnuts, roasted
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup (33g) finely grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil


  • 300g (13.7 oz) quinoa pasta or gluten free pasta *
  • ½ tablespoon (9g) salt
  • 4 cups (284g) broccoli heads only
  • ½ cup (50g) parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup (60g) walnuts, roasted, chopped coarsely

* for a grain free option choose quinoa pasta

--- Instructions ---

Step 1 - Roasting the nuts 

  1. Heat a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the nuts.
  3. Roast, stirring for 3-4 minutes or until golden.

Step 2 - Making the pesto

  1. Pulse the arugula, basil, nuts, lemon rind, cheese and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a food processor until chopped.
  2. Add the remaining olive oil and mix.
  3. Season the pesto with salt and pepper.

Step 3 - Assembling the pasta

  1. Cook the pasta according to packaging directions. (Cook pasta in 10 cups water and ½ tablespoon salt)
  2. Add the broccoli in the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain well.
  4. Mix the pasta with the pesto sauce and serve topped with parmesan cheese and nuts.
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arugula pesto pasta nutritional table

High in Vitamin A, C, K, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin.

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