Pasta and White Beans w/Broccoli Pesto #Recipe

You may remember me mentioning my plan for dinners this week. Well, this made the cut. Its super easy, mostly just involves waiting for water to boil AND healthy! Mama says eat your veggies!

Pasta and White Beans w/Broccoli Pesto


  1. coarse salt and ground pepper
  2. 1 bunch broccoli, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  3. 10 ounces short pasta, such as fusilli
  4. 5 tsps extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 1/2 ounce Parmesan, finely grated (1/4 cup), plus more for serving
  6. 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  8. 1/2 small garlic clove
  9. 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • In a large pot of boiling and salted water, cook broccoli until tender and bright green, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a food processor. Return water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.  Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.
  • To food processor, add oil, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice, parsley, and garlic.  Puree until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down side as needed. Transfer pesto to pot with pasta. Stir to coat, adding enough reserved past water to make a creamy sauce. Stir in beans and heat over medium until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired. 
Recipe from Everyday Food

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. Yum! And seems so easy… I love easy recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That looks filling and healthy, yum!

  3. So good looking. I was just watching MIL last night crafting with brocoli
    Thank You for ahring

  4. So good looking. I was just watching MIL last night crafting with brocoli
    Thank You for ahring

  5. Yum! Looks very tasty! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. ooo my husband is allergic to broccoli but this looks delicious!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much!! You always have the best recipes!

  8. Broccoli is my favorite…yum! Looks so good!

  9. YUM!!! Shared!!!

  10. Yup. Trying this one! Looks delish. Thanks!

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  12. This recipe looks delightful and nutritious better try this at home. I wish it will compliment to the gluten free pasta that I will be using.

  13. This recipe looks really good. I think it has the possibility of being a good fit for my kids too. They love broccoli that's for sure. They might not like the parsley but you never know!

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