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Penne with broccoli pesto

For all you vegetarian pasta lovers out there, this penne with broccoli pesto dish is one for the books! And it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

SERVES 4  // PREP TIME 10 min // COOK TIME 10 min

500 g penne
1 head broccoli
1 cup fresh basil leaves, stalks included
1 garlic clove
Zest of 1 lemon  
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan 
¼ cup olive oil

1. Cook the penne in a pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Reserve ¼ cup pasta water and drain pasta.
2. Break the broccoli head into smaller pieces and steam for about 5 minutes until softened. Immediately transfer to iced water to stop the cooking process and retain a bright green colour.
3. Place the broccoli in a food processor with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season to taste.
4. Toss the broccoli pesto with the drained pasta, thinning the sauce with a bit of pasta water if needed. Serve with extra Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired. 


Recipes & styling: Marizka du Toit
Photography: Jurie Senekal

This tomato & bacon pasta is impossible not to like. It’s easy-to-make, affordable and will definitely be your go-to meal from now on!

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