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Quick & Easy Broccoli Pasta

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This pasta is always my go-to meal, I always make this whenever I’m tired of eating anything else!

Ramsha Baig

This is certainly one of my great emergency quick dinner thoughts and 2-in-1 veg plus carb side dish. Broccoli, pasta and not tons else, it’s a touch bit lemony, a touch bit cheesy and an entire lot of yum. The broccoli is cooked with the pasta then stirred vigorously with sauce to make it juicy and saucy

Add this to your arsenal of broccoli recipes

This one is a keeper!

Super Quick Broccoli Pasta

If you dream of 12 minute dinner magic, you’re going to like this broccoli recipe as much as I do. It’s for all those days when:

You’re gazing broccoli with no longer much else inside the pantry, wondering how on the earth you’re going to transform that into a completely delicious meal;

it’s a mad residence and also you simply want to get dinner at the table, So quickly

You want to hide a number of broccoli in something that everybody will love. There’s 2 complete heads on this – but it honestly doesn’t look like it!

You’re after a brief side dish to serve with that charcoal chicken you picked up enroute home, the sticky chicken thighs or crispy pan fried fish you’re making, those marinated beef chops or the garlic butter mushrooms you’re roasting inside the oven.

What goes in broccoli pasta

  1. Broccoli
  2. Pasta of your choice
  3. Cheese of your choice
  4. Extra virgin Olive oil

So even if you have just the above 4 ingredients, your broccoli pasta is still going to be very tasty – everything else I use is a flavour bonus!

I love using lemon in this recipe, but it’s optional. It’s not a strong tangy lemon flavour, it’s in the background and helps create more sauce to toss through the pasta without adding tons of oil.

12 minute broccoli recipe!

This isn’t always a Jamie Oliver 15 Minute food kind recipe where you use every appliance, pot and pan to your kitchen and it’s a whirlwind of frantic chaos for 15-30 minutes then you definitely spend an excellent 40 mins cleaning up afterwards.

This is a very handy 12 minute recipe with a superb drift to it. here’s the way it is going down:

  1. Cook pasta: per the packet directions.
  2. Chop & cook broccoli & tomatoes: while the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli & tomatoes then add it into the water when the pasta is 2 minutes from being done.
  3. Make sauce: Make the simple lemony pasta sauce
  4. Scoop out: 1 cup pasta cooking water This is how we make plenty of sauce without using tons of oil! upload 1/2 cup of this into the sauce and shake, reserve the relaxation of the water for later if you need it.
  5. Put everything in the pot: Drain the pasta and return to the same pot. Add the Sauce and cheese,
  6. Toss the pasta: sauce, water and cheese until it’s nice and juicy. Then Mix it well

I constantly struggle to capture how juicy pastas like this are, whilst the sauce is obvious as opposed to brilliant red and meaty like Bolognese.

I haven’t loaded this Broccoli Pasta with tons of cheese. I take advantage of it extra to create the sauce, in place of making this a really cheesy pasta. also try to keep the calorie count to a decent degree for a big bowl.

however, this Cheese-Loving Carb Monster will honestly now not choose in case you pick to be (manner) greater generous with the cheese.

Quick & Easy Broccoli Pasta

Quick & Easy Broccoli Pasta

I love this pasta because it has a very creamy texture with parmesan, you can always count on cream and cheese whenever you've pastas. This pasta is always my go-to meal, I always make this whenever I’m tired of eating anything else!
prep time
5 mins
cooking time
10 mins
total time
15 mins



  • 350g / 12 oz dried short pasta

  • 2 broccoli heads

  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cup shredded cheese

  • 2 tsp lemon zest

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/3 cup parmesan

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs

  • 1/2 tsp+ red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper



Cook pasta:

Boil a large pot of water with 2 tsp salt, add pasta.

Chop broccoli:

Chop broccoli into small florets.

Cook broccoli:

Add broccoli into water 1 – 2 minutes before pasta is cooked.

Sauce ingredients in a jar:

Place Sauce ingredients in a jar and cover.

Reserve pasta water:

SCOOP OUT 1 cup pasta cooking water simply earlier than draining. Then drain and put pasta back into the same pot and turn off the stove.

Add pasta water into Sauce:

Add 1/2 cup pasta water to Pasta Sauce jar, shake it well

Add Sauce & Cheese to pasta:

Pour Sauce and add cheese into pot with pasta

Stir then serve:

Stir vigorously, adding more pasta water if required. Add more salt and pepper if required. Serve immediately, garnished with parmesan.


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