I have been making this family favorite broccoli mushroom pasta recipe for a long time now and I love it because it is nutritious, versatile and quick to put together. This dish is so versatile because you can use your favorite pesto and add in whatever veggies you have to hand or enjoy the most. This dish normally leaves us plenty left over, so for our eldest son we heat the leftovers and pop them in a warm thermos flask which he takes into school the next day.
For some extra protein in the dish we like to add in some sliced and fried Field Roast Sausages, these plant based vegan sausages have been a real hit in our family. Alternatively, you could add in some firm, fried tofu.
Broccoli Mushroom Pasta with Basil Pecan Pesto
Yield 4 Servings
- 1 cup packed fresh Basil
- 1/4 cup Pecans
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 375g Whole grain pasta
- 325g Broccoli crown
- 260g Mushrooms (we used Crimini)
- 1 Green Bell pepper
- 1 tbsp Fresh ginger
- 125g Frozen peas
- 100g Spinach
- 2 tbsp Nutritional yeast
- Sesame seeds (to serve)
- In a food processor add the basil, pecans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Whiz it all up until it is a nice smooth texture, you might have to scrape down the bowl several times during the process.
- In a large pot cook the pasta according to package instructions.
- Heat the canola oil in a skillet at medium/high heat.
- Add the mushrooms, pepper and fresh ginger and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Pop the broccoli into the pasta pot and boil until the pasta is ready.
- Add the peas and spinach into the skillet and cook until the spinach has wilted.
- Drain the pasta/broccoli and pop them back into the pot.
- Add the contents of your skillet to the pasta pot and mix in the pesto and nutritional yeast until everything is well combined.
- Serve immediately with some sesame seeds to garnish.
Serving Size 372g
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 19 g
Sodium 857 mg
Total Carbohydrates 47 g
Dietary Fiber 12.4 g
Sugars 5.4 g
Protein 12.6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.