Pasta with Broccoli

October 24, 2015

My Mom makes the most delicious Pasta with Broccoli. The broccoli pesto can be completed while waiting for the pasta to cook!

Though she does not speak any English, she loves to share her recipes, and she loves to be videoed. She is a HAM!!

Enjoy it!



How to make Pasta with Broccoli:



  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Active Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings





  • 1 lb Broccoli
  • 1 lb Pasta
  • Papa Vince Raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Parsley Pesto to taste - Recipe shown below and on video: (See Recipe)
  • Cheese or Bread Crumbs - You can use your own or use recipe shown below. Video shown here: (See Papa Vince Recipe).

Natural Bread Crumbs:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Active Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/4 lb of Hard Bread
  • 2+ cloves of Garlic (To taste)
  • 2 spoons of Papa Vince EVOO
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Arrange bread slices on a pan and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the oven and blend the baked bread in a food processor.
4. Peel and slice the garlic. Add it to a stove-top pan with chopped breadcrumbs. Add 1 tsp. EVOO.
5. Cook on the stove-top until toasted. Remove garlic pieces before serving.



Parsley Pesto:

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Active Cooking Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 50 tbsp.
  • 1 Fresh bunch Italian Parsley
  • 1 Fresh bunch Cilantro *
  • 1 Full head of Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup Papa Vince’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp salt


(1) Wash Parsley and Cilantro thoroughly.
(2) Cut & remove stems.  
(3) Peel the entire head of garlic.
(4) Place all ingredients in a food processor.  
(5) Mix until becomes a paste consistency.  
(6) Place in a container and refrigerate. 


....and finally....PASTA WITH BROCCOLI!
*ingredients above - instructions below*


  1. Chop broccoli and steam until soft.
  2. Boil a separate pot of water while making broccoli-parsley pesto.
  3. Add 2-3 tbsp. Parsley Pesto to a heated pan and add the steamed broccoli. While the paste heats and cooks together press down the broccoli with a potato-smashing cooking tool.
  4. Stir together with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Smash and mix broccoli and pesto combination a second time. Continue mixing and stirring for a pesto consistency.
  6. Add pasta to the boiling water and make sure to add Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the water and pasta. Stir immediately to avoid sticking.
  7. Add 1 cup of the pasta-water to the broccoli-parsley pesto combination on low heat. Make sure it becomes creamy.
  8. Cook pasta until "al-dente" and drain.
  9. Add the pasta back to the pot after rinsing pot in cold water. Then add the broccoli-parsley pesto.
  10. Top with extra pesto, breadcrumbs, and of course, extra virgin olive oil.