Fusilli Pasta with Parsley Pesto and Roasted Broccoli

>>  Friday, July 10, 2015

We are starting the second week of BM#54. I will be making Vegetarian Italian For Dinner for the next three days. This was quite a challenging theme for me. I wanted to come out of my comfort zone and try different cucine altogether.

While Macaroni is quite frequently prepared at home, we have come to Indianized version that everybody likes. Hubby dear is not fond of creamy, bland food and to make him eat macaroni, we have ended up making it quite spicy. The Indian Tomato sauce version is quite a hit at home.

After getting used to it, we thought it was high time we tried other pasta varieties. However we again ended up cooking it in the same old Tomato sauce versions.

So my attempt in this week was to get myself taste different sauce and versions in pasta. For day 1, I made a Fusilli Pasta with Parsley Pesto and Roasted Broccoli. I had couple of other dishes planned for this week. Unfortunately I again had to postpone those dishes. 

I wanted to make this pasta in an healthier option, hence the broccoli made its appreance. of course you might as if a dish becomes healthy just by adding a broccoli. It does for me as this is the first time I am eating broccoli, though its so well known for its health factors. Plus the fact that this dish uses just about couple of tsp of olive oil, everything on the whole makes it an healthy and filling meal.

Best part was that I really liked it and my colleagues who were the tasters for this dish, enjoyed a lot

Other varieties with Fusilli
Fusilli with Alfredo Sauce
Fusilli with Homemade Marinara Sauce

With Macaroni

Spicy Tomato Macaroni with Cheese
Macaroni with White Sauce
Quick Macaroni in Tomato Sauce
Pepper Macaroni

Penne Pasta with Onion, Tomato sauce
Spaghetti with Arrabiata Sauce

Fusilli Pasta with Parsley Pesto and Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients Needed

Fusilli Pasta - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 2 tsp
Red chili flakes a pinch
Pepper powder as required
Onion, julinnes - 1/2 cup
Crushed garlic -1  tsp
Boiled Broccoli - 1/2 cup
Parsley Pesto - 2 tbsp or as required
Boiled Pasta water as required

How to make the Pasta

Cook the pasta al dante. Reserve a cup of water and drain the rest.

Heat a non stick pan with oil, add crushed garlic and onions, saute well. Then add blanced broccoli, salt and pepper. Saute well till the broccoli is cooked well.

Add the Parsley Pesto, combine and add reserved water a little for the sauce to get cooked.

After couple of mins, add the cooked fusilli and combine everthing together.

Adjust the seasoning and serve hot! 

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vaishali sabnani July 10, 2015 at 3:55 AM  

Wow , you made it really healthy ! I am actually amazed to know that you ate broccoli for the first time!
The pasta has a beautiful colour and looks fantastic.

Padma Rekha July 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM  

I can imagine flavor and taste of this pasta with that pesto looks so beautiful with that green color.

Sarita July 10, 2015 at 10:01 PM  

Pasta looks great with green color .. I haven't tried pastas much only basic ., good to know different pastas.

Gayathri Kumar July 11, 2015 at 3:41 PM  

It is the same here Valli. Hubby hates the bland dishes and I always make them real spicy. This looks a nice version of making pasta. Need to try at least for myself..

sushma July 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM  

Pasta looks delicious with that parsley pesto.

praba bubesh July 13, 2015 at 3:08 AM  

very inviting pesto pasta..looks vibrant and fresh..

Kalyani July 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM  

I loved both the pesto and the pasta :-)) cute fussili shapes.. tempting !

Varadas Kitchen July 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM  

Very interesting variation. And broccoli does make it healthy. :)

sneha datar July 13, 2015 at 7:17 PM  

Wow this looks super delicious.

Nisha Sundar July 14, 2015 at 4:33 AM  

Nice one Valli. It always is the case with us all right, Indianizing everything. :) This dish is simple and nice.

Harini-Jaya R July 14, 2015 at 9:49 PM  

Very tempting and vibrant pasta. Somehow no one at home likes the fresh parsley.

Sapana Behl July 15, 2015 at 2:45 AM  

Fusilli in parsley pesto looks tempting.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan July 15, 2015 at 8:12 PM  

Eating broccoli for the first time and actually loving it the first time itself is a big achievement. Love the combination of parsley pesto and broccoli in the pasta.

Pavani N July 15, 2015 at 11:20 PM  

Love that parsely pesto. Pasta looks so yummy with that green sauce. Perfect weeknight meal.

Chef Mireille July 19, 2015 at 5:33 AM  

really like all the flavors you put into this dish

Priya Suresh July 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM  

Cant ask more, who can resist to this flavourful and irresistible pesto pasta..mouthwatering here.

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