Some recipes garner a surprising response. This little platter of Pesto Broccolini got loads of love on my Instagram and Facebook page which honestly, sort of surprised me.
So, I decided to post it here. It’s just a simple side that I toss together when I’m in a hurry but I want something fresh and delicious to serve with my dinner entrée.
I was preparing a stuffed trout dish Monday night and I happened to have several bunches of Broccolini, which I typically pair with pasta or Gnocchi. But Monday night I decided to serve it a la carte tossed with some basil pesto I had made the day before. Voila! Pesto Broccolini.
This is something I also do with blanched broccoli or cauliflower, sautéed or grilled zucchini and on occasion, roasted baby red potatoes and carrots. It allows me to serve a fresh seasonal side with minimal fuss – because minimal fuss is important when the day is long and dinner is late.
And who doesn’t love a crisp tender veggie lightly bathed in a spicy and herb laced pesto? Even my picky eater loves this gorgeous Pesto Broccolini side dish. If you don’t have the time to knock out a homemade pesto, just buy one. There are many excellent, high quality pesto’s in the market these days – many without any preservatives and made exclusively with extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs.
Here’s to making dinner fresh, simple and delicious! Cheers!