Homemade Creamy Broccoli Pesto with Pasta

homemade creamy broccoli pesto

My better half wanted to make pesto – in particular, a creamy pesto with broccoli. I told her pesto needs to have pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and basil leaves for it to be properly called pesto but she showed me a recipe and talked me out of using the nuts. I won out on the cheese and basil though – we actually have a nice herb garden with basil leaves.

broccoli florets

…so that’s what we did over the weekend. I must say it’s quite a success, although this isn’t a traditional pesto with pine nuts but more like a creamy broccoli sauce.

This is actually from a recipe that we adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

steamed broccoli heads

There’s a head of broccoli that’s starting to turn yellow so we steamed that for about 10 minutes and cut the crown into florets. I chopped the stem almost down to the head. I *did not* use the stems at all, some recipes call for that, I only use the broccoli florets.

ingredients broccoli pesto

This is what we put into the food processor:

  • 1 small broccoli
  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • 50 ml heavy thickened cream
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

I would say the most important thing in that creamy broccoli pesto sauce is the garlic. It’s no good without the garlic! I almost forgot to put it in.

adding fresh basil

Our herb garden is just starting to flower so we just picked a few fresh basil leaves to throw inside the food processor. I pulsed everything and processed it for about 30 seconds until all the ingredients were meshed well together.

cooking linguine

This is our first attempt in doing this so we just cooked some linguine and tossed it with our home-made creamy broccoli pesto.

The linguine was mixed with a huge chunk of butter. I reckon that since there’s olive oil in the pesto sauce, the pasta would taste better with butter. It did! We also had a simple poached egg with the pasta dish.

creamy broccoli pesto

It tasted really good! The heavy cream combined with the Greek yogurt makes a very nice base for the interesting textural experience of having millions of tiny broccoli florets rubbing against your tongue with every bite. The creamy pesto paste isn’t too heavy and rich either – we were surprised to find out it’s actually very light.

creamy broccoli pesto pasta

It’s not a traditional pesto but I’m keen to do one next time with our own basil leaves and some toasted pine nuts. As for this creamy broccoli pesto, it’s simple and delicious, a wonderful alternative to the heavier pasta sauces we’ve been using lately!

Nestle Extra Creamy & Fruity Fruits of the Forest Yogurt

nestle extra creamy yogurt range

Nestle came out with an “Extra Creamy & Fruity” addition to
their existing range of yoghurt – which is a good thing, with all the
“Low Fat” and low carbohydrates trend in the food industry. Some of us like
our food to be rich and indulgent. I personally prefer the decadent, if
you will, versions of food instead of the healthier choice. You only
live once. πŸ˜‰

nestle extra creamy yogurt

Anyway, to support this move towards catering for the more
hedonistic palates in the consumer market, I bought one of the Nestle
Extra Creamy & Fruity Fruits of the Forest yoghurt. They have a
wide range of different flavors, but Fruits of the Forest sounds good
to me. It just evokes this image of various different fruits, fused
into the yoghurt.

nestle extra creamy close

Nestle Extra Creamy & Fruity line tastes great too! It is
exactly what it claims to be – extra creamy and fruity. I loved it. It
also comes in the smaller packaging with a plastic foldable spoon.

Frugurt Yogurt

frugurt yogurt style

I just couldn’t resist…I thought it looked cute, and when I picked
it up and shook it, its eyes rolled in a hilarious manner so I just had
to buy it immediately. Heh! It’s just too funny.

frugurt office

Frugurt Assorted Yogurt Style is now sitting on my work desk. I just got it last night and I predict it would be a big hit.

frugurt assorted

It tastes great too. It’s a bizarre blend of yoghurt and fruits and
it has nata de coco at the bottom. This is a video clip of me in my
workplace with the Frugurt container. It’s so funny.


Download: Frugurt video clip [sixthseal.com]

The video was shot by Bernice. To all my coworkers, please feel free
to help yourself to the Frugurt on my table. It’s great and more
importantly, it’s hilarious. πŸ™‚

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