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Gluten Free Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Updated: Jun 17

A quick and easy, inexpensive meal the family will love. Great during a busy weeknight or to whip up for guests on a weekend. If you eat meat, you can add grilled chicken to the dish.

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Cut off florets and rinse under cool water. Steam until very soft. Remove 3 or 4 large florets from the steamer when they are still slightly firm and set aside. They will be used to top the dish later. When broccoli is mushy, remove from steamer. Place into a bowl and add a scoop of the steam water. Mash broccoli with a potato masher. If you don't have a steamer, boil and drain.

Mince a small clove of garlic very small. Only use a small clove as it goes in raw and has a very strong flavor. Pour oil into a blender. Add minced garlic, salt, basil and parmesan cheese. Add a small scoop of steam water to the blender. Set aside.

Add mashed broccoli to the blender. Cover and turn upside down and shake well. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Set aside.

Boil your gluten free pasta to desired tenderness. Place into a bowl and pour pesto sauce on top. Mix well. Add broccoli pieces you set aside earlier on top. You may have to heat in the microwave briefly as broccoli pieces and pesto sauce may have gotten cold.

Serve and enjoy.

Gluten Free Broccoli Pesto Pasta - Pesto sauce also used for burritos


1 head fresh broccoli florets steamed very soft basil to taste - McCormick is gluten free unless otherwise noted

1/2 cup olive oil

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

3/4 package of gluten free pasta - cut your choice. I used elbow cut and prefer Tinkyada brand.

Grilled chicken cut into small strips for those who eat meat.

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