Broccoli Pesto Pasta (Thermomix Method Included)

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

This recipe came about from a Facebook page that I am a member of. It is all about helping people convert recipes to the Thermomix…  The members sometimes post recipes and ask if anyone could help them to convert it. I must be getting a bit of a reputation as I was tagged specifically to this recipe, so I stopped what I was doing and made this, because I think that it is a fantastic mid week meal… well probably at the end of the week, when the cupboard is getting low!

Some of the recipes I look at are more challenging to convert to the Thermomix, some of them are easy… This falls into the very easy category. If you would like to check out the original post, go to the fabulous blog of AMY BITES. The only thing that I changed in the ingredients list was to add 60g of milled cashews and I use smokey paprika instead of red pepper flakes. You could easily use almond meal instead of cashews or leave out the nuts all together, your choice. I also threw in a bit of left over BBQ Chicken that I had in the fridge that need to be used up and it used Yogurt instead of cream, so good for those trying to cut back after Christmas! This is a very cheap meal, used up the leftovers I already had in the fridge and VERY tasty!



This recipe was made in the TM31 and can be made in the TM5 using the manual function.


600g of Broccoli (cut into flowerettes)

500g of Dried Pasta (I used Penne)

1 Teaspoon of Salt

60g of Cashews/Almonds

100g of  Parmesan Cheese (plus extra for the serving)

40g Unsalted Butter

40g Olive Oil

1 Onion (peeled and halved)

3 Cloves of Garlic

1/2 Teaspoon of Smokey Paprika

140g of Unsweetened Greek Yogurt

125g pasta water

Black pepper to taste

50g of baby spinach leaves or parsley for serving (optional)


1. Mill parmesan cheese 5 seconds/speed 10 and set aside.

2. (If Using) in the same bowl, mill nuts 5 seconds/speed 10 and set aside.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

3. Place 1500g of water and 1 teaspoon of salt into the mixing bowl and bring to the boil 10 minutes/100/speed 1.

4. Place the broccoli flowerettes and cut stem into the Varoma. Place the dried pasta into the mixing bowl then place the Varoma on top. Cook 13 minutes/100/reverse/soft spoon. (check directions on your pasta packet, I use organic or barilla pasta and it seems to take a bit longer)

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

5. Remove Varoma and set aside, drain pasta and place into a ThermoServer, making sure that you keep 125g of the pasta water.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

6. Place onion and garlic into mixing bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7, scrape down bowl.

7. Add butter, oil and smokey paprika and sauté 3 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.

8. Add steamed broccoli from Varoma, yogurt, 60g of the parmesan cheese, milled nuts (if using), 125g of pasta water and pepper to taste, mix 20 seconds/speed 5.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

I only used 400g of Broccoli because that is all I had and I wasn’t going to the shops. So when you make it with the 600g of Broccoli it will be a lot greener 🙂

9. Pour sauce over pasta in the ThermoServer and stir through spinach or parsley (if using).

10. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese and eat immediately.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

I hope you enjoy this quick easy meal. If you don’t have a Thermomix, that’s ok you could just cook the pasta on the stove and do the final steps in a food processor. Don’t forget to check out the original recipe over on AMY BITES.

Don’t forget to leave me a message, it is always great to hear from you!

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x

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I have been cooking since I can remember. I am a Thermomix consultant, so now (whenever possible) try to give you Conventional AND Thermomix methods for the recipes. I like to share tips on how to save money and how making food from scratch isn't really that hard (especially with a Thermomix). If you have any questions about the Thermomix or cooking/food in general please email me as I'm happy to chat.
Liz xx
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  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wow this is the second broccoli penne recipe I’ve seen on a blog in 5 minutes! Surely that’s a sign 😉

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I think so and I posted this last year, so I think I’m ahead of the trend LOL! I hope you are keeping well as you never seem to have any time off 🙂
      Liz xx

  2. hotlyspiced

    Lovely! Excellent comfort food. And so perfect for the shocking weather we’re having in Sydney at the moment – it’s so vile I’m not putting a toe outside the door today xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh it was so like that yesterday! stayed inside all day and read, watched movies and relaxed even though I should have been doing work 🙂
      liz xx

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love broccoli but I live with a man who thinks if there’s not fish, meat or poultry it’s not a meal. I think if I tossed some leftover chicken in this, he’d think I was quite special.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I know Maureen, my dad is exactly the same… the only meal he can cope with that doesn’t have meat in it is breakfast 🙂 It is really tasty, so if you don’t have any left over chicken, you could just grill or steam some and put it in 🙂 Thanks for dropping by! Liz x

  4. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Good on you converting the recipe, its nice to be recognised as the authority huh. Not big on broccoli, so will take your word on it being tasty. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      LOL… yes I think… I’m not a huge broccoli fan either Anna, but this was quiet tasty and very easy 🙂 Liz xx


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