Easy Broccoli Pesto

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to eat broccoli? Those days are over, my friend. This easy brocoli pesto has all the delicious flavor of pesto but is made with broccoli!

easy broccoli pesto - delicious and it's a win win recipe!This easy broccoli pesto tastes just like traditional pesto but with a sneaky side of veggies.

My kids don’t mind the taste of pesto—often hidden within tomato sauce or under pizza toppings—but they do not like broccoli. “I don’t like those trees” is what my almost 4-year-old son says each times he sees it.

My solution to feed them this vitamin- and mineral-packed vegetable? Pesto sauce!

The taste is delicious, gives great leftovers, and it goes great with just about anything!

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MOMables Easy Broccoli Pesto {nut free}

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Lunch


  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed but still crunchy
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more if needed


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse all dry ingredients until they are finely chopped.
  2. In between pulses, slowly pour the olive oil in a thin stream.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add more if it needs it to achieve a pesto-like consistency. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of pesto.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.
If your child does not eat pesto, mix 2 teaspoons of pesto with 1 to 2 tablespoons cream cheese or ricotta cheese. This helps your child be introduced to pesto without it being so strong a flavor. It makes a creamy pesto sauce. If you have an ultra-picky kid who does not eat “green,” try adding 1 tablespoon tomato sauce to mask the color.


Pictured here is broccoli pesto pasta with Parmesan crusted grilled chicken.



About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 awesome people and MOMables CEO. I work hard in my kitchen so you don't have to. I'm obsessed with tacos and coffee -not always in that order.