Orecchiette with pumpkin seed pesto and Tenderstem® broccoli

Orecchiette with pumpkin seed pesto and Tenderstem® broccoli

This fresh, vibrant and delicious Italian-inspired delight is the ultimate summer pasta dish; it’s ideal for al fresco dinners, entertaining, picnics or even packed lunches. This recipe was developed by food influencer Happy Skin Kitchen.

Preparation time

5 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes



Dietary requirements

  • Dairy free
  • Vegan

Nutritional information per serving

  • kcal 668
  • Fat 33.5g High
  • Saturates 5g Low
  • Carbs 63.2g
  • Sugars 6g Low
  • Fibre 11g
  • Protein 22.8g
  • Salt 0.54g Low


  1. Start by making the pesto: simply place all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blitz for a couple of minutes until you have a smooth mixture. Add a splash of water if required to loosen the pesto. Set to one side.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.

  3. Brush the courgette slices with oil, then place in a non-stick frying pan and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a separate pan, add the Tenderstem® broccoli, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, cover with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes.

  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and mix it with the pesto. Add the courgette and Tenderstem® broccoli and mix everything together. Serve with a sprinkle of chilli flakes, if desired.

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Nutrition information for Tenderstem® broccoli is based on lab analysis of the raw product commissioned by Tenderstem® broccoli. Please note, nutrition may vary due to origin, methods of storage and preparation, and freshness.

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