Pasta & Green Sauce

My youngest is really loving vegetarian food at the moment. It’s not anything we’ve pushed, and he does like his sausages too, but he’s been asking a lot for dinners with more vegetables, especially broccoli. So after our cauliflower pasta sauce from a while ago went down so well, I thought I’d mix things up a little and make some broccoli sauce instead – it’s been a winner with the boys!

Ingredients:

  • 400g of broccoli (ca. one large or two small broccoli heads)
  • 50g fresh baby leaf spinach
  • one handful of flat-leaf parsley
  • one handful of basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 250ml to 300ml vegetable stock
  • one tub of creme fraiche (ca 250g to 300g, depending on tub size – I hate having a tiny amount leftover that then goes off in the fridge so I just bung it all in)
  • salt & pepper

  • Heat some olive oil in a large deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the crushed garlic for a minute or so. Careful not to let it burn!
  • Chop up the broccoli – florets AND stems – and add to the garlic along with a splash of water, and cook for 5 minutes stirring continuously.
  • Chop up the spinach and add to the pan. Stir in until wilted.
  • Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli is soft but not mushy.
  • Take the pan of the heat. Chop the herbs, add to the pan, then blitz everything with a handheld blender until smooth – careful not to burn yourself on anything splashing out the pan!
  • Stir in the creme fraiche, season with salt and pepper and return to the heat to warm through.

Serve over pasta and enjoy! Optionally, you can also keep some broccoli florets aside and cook them along with the pasta (they need about 5 minutes, so add them in towards the end). then serve them on the side for some added texture.

8 Comments on Pasta & Green Sauce

  1. Jon
    19 August 2019 at 3:46 pm (5 days ago)

    Wow! This looks like a great meal to make! Ideal for a quick lunch.

    Reply
  2. Sarah Howe
    19 August 2019 at 4:15 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh lovely. I may try this one with my baby boy who is weaning! Love the green colour! X

    Reply
  3. Rebecca Jones
    19 August 2019 at 6:39 pm (5 days ago)

    this sounds lovely – and my husband bought a huge broccoli head home (via a pals allotment) so guess what we will be having for tea.
    thanks for the recipe

    Reply
  4. Laura Dove
    19 August 2019 at 9:57 pm (5 days ago)

    Oh I how quick and easy this looks to make! My kids adore pasta so one to try!

    Reply
  5. Sabina Green
    20 August 2019 at 11:18 am (4 days ago)

    My kids love pasta, but usually with a tomato based sauce. I will have to give this a try.

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  6. Anosa
    20 August 2019 at 5:16 pm (4 days ago)

    That is amazing that he wants more vegetables, my nephew is the same which is weird to us but embracing it.

    Reply
  7. Clare Minall
    21 August 2019 at 8:27 am (4 days ago)

    This looks nice and simple to put together but so delicious! Perfect for a weekend treat for the kids.

    Reply
  8. Melanie williams
    21 August 2019 at 9:32 am (3 days ago)

    Pasta is one of the fav dishes in our house. therefore, this is a winning dish for sure xx

    Reply

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