Fusilli with Broccoli and Basil pesto is an easy and quick meat free meal, a great recipe after a long day at work. Jump to Recipe
Meatless Monday! A weeknight pasta with greens and a pop of color from the red radish. How was the weekend you all. We lost almost the whole Sunday just sitting in front of the TV(after a realy long time.. we hardly watch any:)). Well, I was in the kitchen till the first quarter, whipping up some baked garam masala chewy tofu(Tofu cubes tossed in oil, garam masala, salt and garlic powder and baked till golden and chewy) and some chewy Pretzel bites! Seems like the mouth needs to chew when watching a tense game and I guess you end up gobbling less if you have to chew and chew!
Fusilli with Broccoli and Basil pesto and Red radish
- 1.5 cups (90 g) uncooked whole grain fusilli
- 5-6 (5) florets of broccoli chopped (a little more than 1 cup chopped)
- 3 big cloves garlic
- 1/2 (0.5) green chili or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) salt or to taste
- 1/4 cup (62.5 ml) water
- 2 Tablespoons basil cashew pesto or more to taste (or blend 3/4 packed cup of basil pureed with a tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil(evoo). 2 Tablespoons cashews and 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper to taste, water if needed)
- 5-6 (5) medium red radishes sliced
- 1 teaspoon organic canola oil
- Cook the Fusilli or any similar pasta al-dente in salted water and keep ready.
- In a medium pan, add oil and heat on medium. Add chopped garlic and chili and cook for a minute.
- Add in the chopped broccoli and salt. Mix and cook for half a minute.
- Add a quarter cup of water, cover and cook on low for 5-7 minutes until broccoli is a bit tender.
- Take off heat. Cool a little and blend coarsely with the basil pesto and keep ready
- In the same pan, add the chopped radishes and a few drops of oil, mix well to coat, and cook covered for a minute.
- Add in the fusilli and coarse broccoli puree and mix to coat. Taste test and add more evoo, salt and chili flakes if needed. Cook on low for a minute so everything gets heated up well.
- Serve hot. top with chopped or roasted cashew, walnut or almond slivers and nutritional yeast. optional.
- Alternatively, dont mix in the pasta and serve warm pasta topped with the coarse broccoli mix and lightly cooked radishes, salt and pepper.
Alaine @ My GF DF Living
Wow, this looks great! I love the basic and broccoli combination. Great idea!
Mmmmm….basil and broccoli…love:) Great recipe! A perfect Fit and Fabulous addition.
This looks amazing! I have never thought to add radishes to a pasta salad, but I bet they add a nice zing to this recipe. Thanks for sharing this with the hearth and Soul Hop.
OMG I really loooved that add you put at the end of your post! It’s funny & lovely! And your fusilli looks amazing.
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I think you should invite me over for dinner and make this for me along with one of your amazing sweet treats- this looks so good!
I am going to have to try that cashew pesto recipe, Richa. Much cheaper than using pine nuts. Why are they so dang expensive, anyway??? Love that dog commercial. I have to limit my exposure to dogs otherwise it puts me in a state of depression knowing that I don’t yet have one… le sigh.
i never likes pine nuts.. so i am happy putting cashews in my pesto:) makes it creamier and saucier.:)
you should tart pet sitting your neighbors dogs:).
This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..
What a delicious pasta!! You can’t beat noodles with pesto!
Deeps @ Naughty Curry
brocolli pesto sounds so healthy! the add is so touching
it is a fun pesto. you can hide veggies in it without any fuss from peeps who dont like a big broccoli florets!
That was probably one of the best ads of the night. There are still too many shelter pets waiting for their forever homes.
yup.. i loved the ad.. wee go:)
pasta looks tempting and yummy …….
fusilli pasta has always been my favorite, and i love that you covered it in two of my other favorite things- broccoli and basil! yum!
i dont know how much i like broccoli.. but hubbs loves it this way with fresh basil and coarsely blended.