Broccoli Pesto Recipe | PBS Food


Yield: Makes 1 generous cup, about 4 servings


  • 1/2 head broccoli florets stems removed and saved for another use
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch salt


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add the broccoli and garlic and boil until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the broccoli and transfer to the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking; let sit until completely cooled, about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the broccoli well, and transfer to a food processor along with the basil, olive oil, cheese, and salt. Process until smooth, and serve over pasta.