March 25, 2023


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Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Pastabilities

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A scrumptious, creamy, easy-to-make weeknight dish, Creamy Broccoli Pasta will grow to be a staple in your weekly menu sport plan!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta in a large pot with bags around it

In case you informed me {that a} pasta dish with broccoli would grow to be a favourite, I might by no means consider you. I do love inexperienced veggies, however broccoli was about close to the underside of my checklist…however not anymore!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta is likely one of the best and most versatile dishes I’ve ever made.  The feel is fantastic and appears extra like pesto, and the flavour will idiot any of the “anti-broccoli” people on the market, youngsters included!

Small bowl of creamy broccoli pasta surrounded by ingredients

I cherished this concept for a March recipe too…the gorgeous inexperienced colour is ideal for St. Patrick’s Day or any Springtime event.  I wished to point out off our new Pot of Gold Pasta which mixes cute shamrocks, clovers, and greenback indicators.  Actually, you WILL have discovered a Pot of Gold once you make this recipe!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta begins with the steaming or boiling of broccoli florets.  That’s easy sufficient for even a newbie prepare dinner.  I made a decision to avoid wasting among the small florets so as to add to the person bowls as kind of a wholesome garnish.  Additionally, these little bunches of contemporary broccoli make the dish look wholesome…OK, I’ve to say it now…it is a “splurge” dish, not a wholesome go-to!

Close up of bowl of creamy broccoli pasta

You’ll be able to assure a scrumptious taste when contemporary Parmesan Reggiano and heavy cream are included within the recipe lineup. However when you may put all of the substances in a meals processor and simply whirl it round just a few occasions and create a beautiful sauce…now that’s heaven! And a straightforward weeknight possibility.

I extremely suggest grating your personal block of Parmesan cheese!  Hand grating could look like plenty of further work, however it’s well worth the time. The flavour and freshness can’t be recreated.

The helpful pre-packaged grated cheese in luggage is tremendous handy however does include anti-caking and moisture-absorbing substances, and the flavors simply aren’t nearly as good.

For this recipe, the place cheese is the primary ingredient, the freshly grated cheese actually makes a distinction.  Word: No matter your alternative, by no means use powdered cheese within the inexperienced canister! 🙂

Close up of two bowls of creamy broccoli pasta with fresh broccoli florets surrounding bowls.

Creamy Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Why all of the fuss about broccoli?  Do you know broccoli is taken into account a Superfood?  Listed here are simply a few broccoli well being highlights:

  • Broccoli is loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Plus extra goodness!
  • Broccoli is an efficient supply of calcium and promotes bone well being, and tooth well being.
  • Broccoli could also be good for eye well being. In my 50’s I want this…
  • Broccoli could help the immune system and should assist regulate blood strain.

Wow…and the checklist goes on. For extra details about the well being advantages of broccoli, try this Healthline article.

Close up of pasta bowl with cheese grater and fresh Parmesan around

In case you are serving this as a principal course, Creamy Broccoli Pasta plus a colourful facet salad will make a deliciously easy dinner.  Add some grilled rooster, pork, or steak, and make this your starchy facet dish, together with some extra greens or a salad.

Actually, the flavors of this sauce will mix simply with about any menu. I’ve served this pasta as a principal dish, and as a facet dish. I even took some leftovers to the workplace for lunch, serving it chilly with some leftover grilled rooster….it was delish!

Small natural bowl of pasta showing dollar sign pasta shape with fresh broccolini in background

Creamy Broccoli Sauce for Pasta

What are another suggestions or concepts to raise this scrumptious creamy broccoli sauce?

  • Frozen broccoli florets may also be substituted, and even the broccoli discovered within the helpful steam luggage.  Prepare dinner as directed after which add to meals processor.
  • Use a combo of cheeses! Cheeses with sturdy taste are wanted to realize the deliciousness and energy of the sauce. You should utilize ½ Parmesan and ½ Pecorino Romano.  Once more, the exhausting fruity and nutty cheeses from Italy are good. Strive your personal combo!
  • Steam cauliflower florets and broccoli collectively and use this mix of veggies for a twist on style. It’s one other technique to conceal extra veggies in a scrumptious pasta dish!
  • Substitute ½ heavy cream and ½ half and half to loosen up the dish general.  You may discover that your sauce could also be a bit of thinner in consistency. And make sure you regulate your seasonings if wanted. I’ll even attempt some even lighter alternate options for the longer term…keep tuned.
  • Add diced grilled rooster or shrimp so as to add some protein and bulk to the dish. Nice for a principal dish.
  • High with chopped grape or cherry tomatoes for some colour and added vitamins!
Very tight shot of finished pasta showing off shapes and fresh Parmesan and broccoli

So listed here are the details about this recipe. If we will combine broccoli into our pasta dishes and be pleased about it, then the experimenting ought to go on, don’t you assume?  I really like discovering a brand new dish that turns into one in my repertoire of menu concepts.  Please make this recipe and let me know the way it goes! 

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14 oz. bag of Pot of Gold Pasta (or some other brief form)

5 cups broccoli florets

3 T. butter

2 cloves, garlic, minced

¼ cup contemporary basil leaves, torn or 2 t. dried basil

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I grated Parmesan Reggiano for the most effective taste, however different grated Parmesan cheeses will work)

¾ cup heavy cream

1 t. salt

½ t. pepper

Recent parsley, chopped for garnish


Steam broccoli: In a medium pot add about 1 inch water and broccoli.  Convey to a boil, cowl the pot, and steam till the broccoli is tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Drain broccoli. Save about ½ cup of small broccoli florets and add the remainder to a meals processor.

Add the butter, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese, cream, salt, and pepper to meals processor and pulse till combination seems like a pesto-like texture. Style and regulate salt and pepper if wanted.

Prepare dinner pasta based on package deal instructions.  Drain and add to a big bowl.

Pour creamy broccoli over sizzling pasta and gently mix.

Serve in particular person bowls and high with further broccoli florets, contemporary Parmesan, and parsley!


For greatest taste, grate your personal Parmesan Reggiano and skip the pre-packaged cheese!

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