Broccoli and Mushrooms al Pesto

Broccoli & Mushrooms al PestoI decided to take some of my low-carb glucomannan dumplings and add some pesto sauce recently and was that ever good!  I need to post that gnocchi recipe, too, soon.  We had a few gnocchi leftover so I created this tasty way to serve broccoli tonight.  Simple really and quite tasty with baked chicken.  Just a little caramelized onion, mushrooms and cream and VOILA, a tasty side!  It was so good with chicken, next time I think I’ll saute cut-up bite-size chicken bits and add it right into the dish for a casserole, with some fresh Parmesan cheese grated over it for a binder!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo due to dumpling ingredients.

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1/4 recipe my Dumplings made into small gnocchi

1 oz. slivered onion

2 T. butter

4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, undrained

2 T. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional to thicken sauce slightly)

10 broccoli flowerets

1½ T. pesto sauce (or a commercial sauce is OK)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Make a batch of my dumpling dough in a small bowl, stirring ½ tbsp. pesto sauce right into the batter.  Cook according tot he directions in that recipe (linked above).  You will only need a small part of it for this vegetable dish.  Roll ¼ of the pesto-flavored dough into a ½” “rope.  You can make up the rest of the dough into more gnocchi or larger dumplings for a soup or other meal.  Cut the “rope” into small bites about ½” balls, allowing the cut off pieces to land on a silicone sheet, Silpat® or waxed paper.  These DO swell up and will almost double in size when gently simmered.  When the dumplings are done cooking dip out of the water with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.

In a medium ceramic vegetable dish, steam the broccoli in a bit of water until nearly done (about 3-4 minutes on HI in your microwave).  Drain off water.  Stir in the cream, xanthan gum, mushrooms with their liquid (or drain if you prefer), the remaining pesto sauce, salt and pepper and set aside.

Now melt the butter in a small skillet and saute the onion until it begins to brown.  I didn’t brown mine quite enough and will do so next time.  :)  Remove onions from heat.  Stir the pesto gnocchi into the broccoli-mushroom mixture.  Finally spread the caramelized onions on the top.  You can add fresh grated Parmesan cheese to the top if you like, but I have not included that in my numbers below.  You can serve at once (which I did) or pop into an oven for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to mellow even more.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

168 calories

15.8 g  fat

5.73 g  carbs, 2.06 g  fiber, 3.67 g  NET CARBS

3.73 g  protein

248 mg sodium

7 comments on “Broccoli and Mushrooms al Pesto

  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Weekends are my experimentation time, and I think this will be made with dinner Saturday! I’m so excited to find a low carb gnocchi recipe!


    • I think you’ll like this dish, Raynne, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to be impressed with the dumpling/gnocchi recipe. It’s not as good as REAL dumplings, but preetty darn close in texture and mouth feel. Would love to get your reaction to both after you try them. 🙂


    • Thank you, Sheila. I just love exotic birds. And it’s good to be back in a new kitchen, a much bigger one, although I’m not back 100%. I’m trying to post 1-2 recipes a day on FB and a couple times a week here on the blog. Absolute gotta do items may prevent that some days. 😉 I’m sorta moved into the new house; the old house is sorta ready to go on the market. Not quite finished with either one and I’m running out of steam. :{


    • Please don’t “shout” with all caps. I don’t think I deserve that. There is a PRINT button at the bottom of each recipe. I can’t really make it any easier. If, however, that doesn’t work for you for some reason, you can always FILE, PRINT from your browser, just printing pg 1-2 to avoid printing the user comments. And lastly, you can always HIGHLIGHT the text, COPY/PASTE into MS Notepad or WORD and print from there. Hope one of these methods works. If none work, the problem is at your end and you’ll need to get some technical help with your pc and your printer driver software.


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