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Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Pastabilities

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

Creamy Broccoli Pasta in a large pot with bags around it

In the event you instructed me {that a} pasta dish with broccoli would turn into a favourite, I’d by no means imagine you. I do love inexperienced veggies, however broccoli was about close to the underside of my record…however not anymore!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta is among the best and most versatile dishes I’ve ever made.  The feel is great 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 beloved this concept for a March recipe too…the attractive inexperienced coloration is ideal for St. Patrick’s Day or any Springtime event.  I wished to indicate off our new Pot of Gold Pasta which mixes cute shamrocks, clovers, and greenback indicators.  Truthfully, you WILL have discovered a Pot of Gold if you make this recipe!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta begins with the steaming or boiling of broccoli florets.  That’s easy sufficient for even a newbie cook dinner.  I made a decision to avoid wasting a number of the small florets so as to add to the person bowls as form 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’ll be able to put all of the components in a meals processor and simply whirl it round a couple of instances and create an exquisite sauce…now that’s heaven! And a straightforward weeknight possibility.

I extremely suggest grating your individual block of Parmesan cheese!  Hand grating might appear to be numerous additional work, however it’s well worth the time. The flavour and freshness can’t be recreated.

The helpful pre-packaged grated cheese in baggage is tremendous handy however does comprise anti-caking and moisture-absorbing components, and the flavors simply aren’t pretty much as good.

For this recipe, the place cheese is the primary ingredient, the freshly grated cheese actually makes a distinction.  Notice: 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 below 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 would like this…
  • Broccoli might assist the immune system and will assist regulate blood stress.

Wow…and the record 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 major course, Creamy Broccoli Pasta plus a colourful aspect salad will make a deliciously easy dinner.  Add some grilled rooster, pork, or steak, and make this your starchy aspect 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 major dish, and as a aspect 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 baggage.  Prepare dinner as directed after which add to meals processor.
  • Use a combo of cheeses! Cheeses with sturdy taste are wanted to attain the deliciousness and energy of the sauce. You should use ½ Parmesan and ½ Pecorino Romano.  Once more, the laborious fruity and nutty cheeses from Italy are excellent. Attempt your individual combo!
  • Steam cauliflower florets and broccoli collectively and use this mixture of veggies for a twist on style. It’s one other technique to disguise extra veggies in a scrumptious pasta dish!
  • Substitute ½ heavy cream and ½ half and half to loosen up the dish total.  You would possibly discover that your sauce could also be a little bit thinner in consistency. And you’ll want to modify your seasonings if wanted. I could even attempt some even lighter 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 major dish.
  • Prime with chopped grape or cherry tomatoes for some coloration and added vitamins!
Very tight shot of finished pasta showing off shapes and fresh Parmesan and broccoli

So listed here are the information about this recipe. If we are able to combine broccoli into our pasta dishes and be pleased about it, then the experimenting ought to go on, don’t you suppose?  I 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 another 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

Contemporary parsley, chopped for garnish


Steam broccoli: In a medium pot add about 1 inch water and broccoli.  Carry 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 modify salt and pepper if wanted.

Prepare dinner pasta in response to 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 prime with additional broccoli florets, contemporary Parmesan, and parsley!


For finest taste, grate your individual Parmesan Reggiano and skip the pre-packaged cheese!

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