Recipe: Broccoli and pine nut pasta

this pasta is great. there’s no two ways about it. it’s healthy, filling, meat-free (so totally budget friendly) and it has toasted pine nuts in it. and since i just can’t get enough of those little babies at the moment, this dish is absolutely my favourite thing to eat of late. 
fusilli pasta (any shape is fine, but the sauce clings well to fusilli so i would recommend it!)
one head of broccoli
one heaped tablespoon of creme fraiche
one handful of pine nuts, toasted
some grated parmesan, or strong cheddar cheese
1. chop up the broccoli into fairly small chunks, about 1inch across. the stalk is perfectly fine to eat too, just cut it into slightly smaller pieces!
2. put your pasta on to boil in well salted water. after it’s been cooking for a couple of minutes, add in the broccoli. whilst they’re boiling, toast the pine nuts in a dry pan for a few minutes, until they’re golden brown. be careful though, because they turn from golden brown to black very quickly and continue to cook even when the heat’s been turned off under the pan!
3. when both the pasta and broccoli are tender, drain them in a colander. the broccoli needs to be slightly overdone so that it’s soft enough to form a sauce for the pasta.
4. return the pasta and broccoli to the pan, and stir through the creme fraiche, grated cheese, and pine nuts. stir the mixture quite vigorously, so the broccoli breaks down and coats the pasta.
5. taste, and season as you fancy. 
and that’s it! isn’t it simple? :) do let me know if you try it, i’d love to know how you get on!
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  • Nicola Purkins

    Oh my, I am so going to have this for dinner tonight! Is it okay to be thinking of pasta this early in the morning?? Is this acceptable???

  • Harri Davison

    This is perfect for me, I’ve just moved into a new flat with my boyfriend and we’re looking for new, simple but tasty recipes. Will definitely try this!


  • Meg

    This sounds delish, I’m seriously having a love affair with pine nuts lately haha. Might get my meat worshipping boyfriend to try this! x

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  • Georgia

    That sounds so yummy! Not sure I’d be able to convince the bf to eat it though (too much green stuff on show). Maybe I could convince him if I add a little bacon? Worth a try :)


  • Rachael

    I think that’s my dinner tonight sorted!

  • Dannielle

    I think I might be one of the only people that has never tried pine nuts! This looks so yummy though, your recipes always sound lovely :) xx

  • angie

    YES, thanks for this recipe!!!!

  • Lauren

    This sounds deliiiish, and as a veggie I could do with a few new recipes. I’ll be giving this a whirl over the next week I’m sure! Thanks :)

    Lauren xxx

  • Simple Sophie

    mm this sounds delicious and so easy – perfect for being a student! ox

  • Alice

    Yummy!! Creme fraiche pasta was my fall back supper at uni- with lots of fresh herbs and whatever veg I had in the fridge and bacon/ chorizo if it was open. AMAZING! X

  • Gwen – SpaceLifeThoughts

    I am definitely going to try this! Thanks :D

  • Amie

    Sounds good Rosie! I’m just not a big fan of cheese, but I make something similar with stir fried broccoli, pine nuts, mushrooms, peppers, and onion, all mixed with any kind of pasta, and coated in seasoned olive oil (usually garlic and chili flakes) and pesto. Then sprinkled with some basil. It’s so yummy! Oh and good for Nigella style leftovers, right out of the fridge!

    Love Amie x

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  • Rosie Sherratt

    i made it tonight! my bf loved it, and i loved it too (especially because i’ve been trying to force healthy food down him ;])

    Rosie xo

  • Victoria

    Am always on the lookout for new pasta recipes and we have some pine nuts in the cupboard, so thanks! Will give it a whirl with wholemeal pasta :)

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