Quinoa with Broccoli Pesto

I think people who claim to hate vegetables just haven’t tried them in the right form. Show me someone who hates broccoli, and I can almost guarantee that this broccoli pesto will make them fall in love with it.

This is another amazing recipe from 101 Cookbooks, which I changed slightly because I didn’t want to drown my broccoli in heavy cream. I also cooked my quinoa in vegetable broth, because it’s just so much more flavorful than using water. I love this stuff!

Recipe:
(adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth

5 cups raw broccoli, cut into small florets and stems

3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 big pinches salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil

Bring the broth to a boil, then stir in the quinoa and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

While the quinoa is cooking, steam the broccoli until tender. Transfer half the steamed broccoli to a food processor with the garlic, almonds, cheese, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Pulse a few times, until nearly smooth (but a little texture keeps it interesting). Taste and adjust seasonings.

To serve, toss the pesto with the quinoa, then top with remaining steamed broccoli.

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11 Responses to “Quinoa with Broccoli Pesto”


  1. 1 Mo June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I love trying new types of pesto! And I adore steamed broccoli… and quinoa… I’m definitely going to try this out sometime. 🙂

  2. 2 Chikarakobu June 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I love broccoli so this is perfect! I’ve got to try this out!

  3. 3 Dawn Hutchins June 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Simple and delicious. Very nice!

  4. 4 Erin June 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I made this a few months ago, and LOVED it! I actually made it twice within a few weeks, because the second time I decided it was worthy enough to be served at my sister’s bridal shower I was hosting. So good!

  5. 5 Sara Angel August 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Just tried this one out. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/9ikJoT
    Thanks!

  6. 6 Karen May 25, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Is there a reason there’s no basil? I can’t imagine pesto without basil.

    Thanks!

  7. 8 Melissa September 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Just made this and love this recipe! It’ll definitely become part of the rotation! thanks!


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