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Sauteed Broccolini with Pesto, Pine Nuts & Chilli

Tender sauteed broccolini tossed with homemade pesto, crunchy pine nuts, and fiery chilli. This is a side dish that goes with anything from roast meats to fish or simply eaten as it is as a light lunch. It’s so simple yet full of flavour!

An overhead shot of sauteed broccolini on a plate with lemon wedges, pine nuts and chilli

This sauteed broccolini is a side dish that I have often and will happily eat just as it is. It still has a little crunch and is tossed in one of the most delicious sauces of all time, homemade pesto.

Annnd for those of you that know me I’m sorry but I’m gonna say it again….do not buy store bought pesto because it just ain’t pesto, it tastes nothing like the stuff. Homemade, on the other hand, is heaven on earth, I mean it’s addictive.

Why Do You Need To Parboil Vegetables?

Parboiling vegetables helps speed up the cooking time and is then followed by another cooking method such as roasting, frying or grilling.

It’s an important step for making this sauteed broccolini. If you went straight ahead and added the broccolini to the pan it would be overcooked on the outside and the tops would burn (as well as the garlic and chilli) before it was completely cooked through and tender enough to eat.

How To Make Sauteed Broccoli With Pesto, Pine Nuts & Chilli – Step By Step

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and parboil the broccolini for 5 minutes, drain (photo 1).

Heat olive oil in a large pan (big enough to add the broccolini without it being overcrowded) and add chopped garlic and fresh chilli. Saute for 30 seconds then add the broccolini with a sprinkling of salt to season (photo 2-3).

Step by step photos for making sauteed broccolini

Saute the broccolini, stirring every now and then until cooked through and slightly golden (up to 10 minutes). Once cooked add the pesto and toss, serve on a platter topped with pine nuts (photo 4).

How To Test The Broccolini Is Done

The cooking time depends on how much you have in the pan and how crowded it is. If the pan is overcrowded the broccolini won’t cook evenly so make sure you have a pan large enough.

This recipe takes around 10 minutes to saute but to check that the broccolini is done try inserting a sharp knife into the thickest part of the stock. If it goes in easily the broccolini is done. Alternatively simply cut a piece and taste it to make sure it’s to your liking, it should still have a bite to it.

What To Serve Your Sauteed Broccolini With

A close up of sauteed broccolini on a plate topped with pine nuts and chilli

Top Tips For Making Sauteed Broccolini With Pesto, Pine Nuts & Chilli

  • Parboil the broccoli first to speed up the cooking time
  • Use homemade pesto, it takes 2 minutes and makes a huge difference to the flavour
  • No pine nuts? You could also use walnuts, hazelnuts or cashews
  • Feel free to omit the chilli or reduce it to your liking
  • If you don’t have fresh chilli then add a small amount of chilli flakes either to the pesto or sprinkle on top
  • Season the broccolini after parboiling it with a little salt but remember the pesto will also add seasoning

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A close up of sauteed broccolini on a plate
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Sauteed Broccolini with Pesto, Pine Nuts and Chilli

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Broccoli Side Dish, Pesto and Broccoli, Sauteed Broccolini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
Calories 58kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 12.5 oz (360g) broccolini
  • 2 heaped tbsp homemade pesto
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 fresh chilli finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and parboil the broccolini for 5 minutes, drain.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan (big enough to add the broccolini without it being over crowded) and add chopped garlic and fresh chilli. Saute for 30 seconds then add the broccolini with a sprinkling of salt to season.
  • Saute the broccolini, stirring every now and then until cooked through and slightly golden (up to 10 minutes). Once cooked add the pesto and toss, serve on a platter topped with pine nuts.

Notes

How To Test The Broccolini Is Done

The cooking time depends on how much you have in the pan and how crowded it is. If the pan is overcrowded the broccolini won't cook evenly so make sure you have a pan large enough.
This recipe takes around 10 minutes to saute but to check that the broccolini is done try inserting a sharp knife into the thickest part of the stock. If it goes in easily the broccolini is done. Alternatively simply cut a piece and taste it to make sure it's to your liking, it should still have a bite to it.

What To Serve Your Sauteed Broccolini With

  • My Simple Lemon Roast Chicken
  • Breaded Chicken Cutlets (easy recipe made with no egg or flour)
  • Grilled or roasted fish such as salmon
  • Any roasted meats
  • Try adding to salads
  • Enjoy as it is

Top Tips For Making Sauteed Broccolini With Pesto, Pine Nuts & Chilli

  • Parboil the broccoli first to speed up the cooking time
  • Use homemade pesto, it takes 2 minutes and makes a huge difference to the flavour 
  • No pine nuts? You could also use walnuts, hazelnuts or cashews
  • Feel free to omit the chilli or reduce it to your liking
  • If you don’t have fresh chilli then add a small amount of chilli flakes either to the pesto or sprinkle on top
  • Season the broccolini after parboiling it with a little salt but remember the pesto will also add seasoning 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sauteed Broccolini with Pesto, Pine Nuts and Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 21.6%
Vitamin C 72.2%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Tisha
    November 26, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Great idea for a side dish! Especially love the added flavor of the chillis!

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    November 26, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Broccolini is one of my favorite veggies and often roast or grill it. Will give this a try and excited about the flavor combos!

  • Reply
    Jacque Hastert
    November 26, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t know if I can ever eat broccolini any other way now. This founds fantastic!

  • Reply
    Tayler Ross
    November 26, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Oh wow, this broccolini looks so full of flavor! I can’t wait to try it this week!

  • Reply
    Jenna
    November 26, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been digging broccolini in pasta when I’m out to eat. Now I’m going to try it at home! Thanks!

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