This Arugula Pesto Pasta Bowl with Broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy go-to meals! It’s filling, nutritious, and simple to make in just 30 minutes. You’re going to want to put the homemade dairy-free arugula pesto on everything!
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, I’ll bet that this meal looks pretty familiar to you. For good reason – I eat it on the regular. It’s definitely one of my favorite meals because I can simply not get enough of broccoli or pesto.
Not kidding when I say I eat roasted broccoli at least 3 times a week. I’ll usually roast 2 heads of broccoli in some avocado oil and spices, and it usually all ends up getting devoured before the night is over. I’m a broccoli fiend 😍
So, this past week, I shared a super similar version of this meal on my stories, as usual, and someone responded and asked where the recipe was on my site. This usually happens whenever I share this meal, and I always respond with “I keep forgetting to photograph it – it’s coming soon!”
THIS time though, I went to the store, made sure I had all the goodies I needed to make it again, and whipped it up the next morning so I could finally take some photos and share the recipe with you guys. And here it is! So now you guys can all make it too :)
This time, I made my own pesto out of arugula and basil. However, I usually just use whatever pesto I have on hand, whether that’s homemade, from the farmer’s market, or the vegan kale cashew pesto from Trader Joe’s. This is a meal about CONVENIENCE. Even if you’re making the pesto from scratch though, you can do it while the pasta boils and the broccoli roasts so it’s still so quick and easy.
For the pasta, I used my go-to: Banza! It’s made from chickpeas and so delicious – you can usually find it at Sprouts or Whole Foods. However, any pasta you prefer will do, gluten-free or not. Just depends on your dietary needs and preferences :)
The broccoli is roasted the way I always do and described above: a drizzle of avocado oil and some spices. This time I kept it simple with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Once your pasta is cooked and your broccoli is roasted, everything gets tossed together with some fresh arugula and you’re ready to eat! It’s seriously simple, full of nutrients (especially if you garnish with some hemp seeds and sprouts, which I like to do) and absolutely delicious. I hope you love it as much as I do! :)
Arugula Pesto Pasta Bowl with Broccoli
For the pesto
For the roasted broccoli
- 2 heads of broccoli cut off the stem and cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- Salt pepper + garlic powder, to taste
For the pasta
- 1 box gluten free pasta I used Banza rotini
- 1 big handful of arugula about 1 to 1½ cups
- Garnish: Hemp seeds, vegan parmesan, and sprouts
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (optional, for easy cleanup). Place the chopped broccoli on the baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil. Sprinkle on your spices and use your hands to toss to combine, making sure all of the broccoli is lightly coated in spices and oil. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. If you’re using Banza or another lentil/chickpea pasta, make sure to rinse in warm water when it’s done cooking and return to the empty pot.
While the broccoli roasts and the pasta cooks, prepare the pesto. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix). Pulse on low speed until the ingredients come together. Make sure to scrape down the sides if you’re using a food processor. If you’re using a blender, keep the motor on low and use a tamper/scrape down the sides to make sure your pesto doesn’t become too smooth and pureed. You want the ingredients broken up into little bits, but not completely smooth. Taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and lemon to taste. If you want it thinner, you can add more olive oil or switch to filtered water - I ended up adding about ¼ cup of water to get it to my desired consistency.
Once everything is finished, add the broccoli and pesto to the pasta, along with a big handful of fresh arugula. Stir together over very low heat to warm everything up and help wilt the arugula. Once the arugula is wilted, you’re ready to serve.
Add to bowls and garnish with hemp seeds, sprouts, and vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
The nutritional info assumes you'll use all the pesto, but you might have a little leftover, like I did. You can save any leftovers in an airtight jar or container in the fridge!