• 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 400g spiral pasta
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 200g broccoli, cut into florets, stems thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Author of this recipe

Love My Salad

Love My Salad

Community organisation

Welcome to our salad community. 'Love My Salad' is a global movement devoted to sharing knowledge and inspiration about vegetables and salads. We are a platform... Read more

It’s not easy to choose healthy foods when you lead a busy life, and let’s face it, we all lead busy lives. Prepping meals makes it easier to ensure you're eating snacks and lunches that are good for you. We recommend to start prepping with recipes you already know, or recipes that aren't complicated - such as this delicious pesto pasta with zucchini and broccoli. 

Total votes: 632


  • For the pesto: combine fresh basil, garlic cloves, pine nuts and olive oil in a food processor or blender. (You can also make a red pesto instead)
  • Cook the pasta until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cut zucchini into semicircles. Drizzle some olive oil in a frying pan and once the oil is hot, add the zucchini with some salt and pepper and saute until tender and crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, cook broccoli in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir in the pesto and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Once the ingredients have cooled, pack your lunchboxes! Use a container that’s air tight, with divided sections so your meal stays fresh. 

Pasta pesto with zucchini and broccoli to go


Tips from the author

Fill your container with some fruit like fresh grapes and half an avocado. You could also add an egg for some extra protein and more vegetables for a more versatile meal.

Want to know more about meal prepping? Read our tips and tricks in this blog.

Related salads chosen by others

Want to stay up-to-date? Subscribe to our newsletter!