Simple to make and delicious, this Easy Broccoli Pasta makes a great meal any night of the week, and is sure to become a favorite in your house.
Servings: 4 servings
- 1/2 lb. uncooked spaghetti
- 3/4 lb. broccoli florets with stems
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes or to taste
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmesan
Cook the angel hair pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.
Take the broccoli and chop the florets off the stalk. Then, slice the stalks lengthwise into small sticks and finely dice them.
In a large cooking pot, add the olive oil, butter, red pepper flake, and garlic. Stir the ingredients together as the butter melts, and then pour in the vegetable broth.
Add the broccoli florets and stalks, and then the salt. Make sure the broccoli is fully submerged in the liquid. Cook on the stove top for 20 minutes, until it’s tender.
Add the cream, Parmesan cheese, and angel hair pasta. Stir everything together and then let it rest for 10 minutes.
Using tongs, give the pasta another stir. Then, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Serve immediately with another sprinkle of Parmesan.
HELPFUL TIPS & TRICKS
Cook the pasta until al dente. This is best because the pasta will spend some time sitting in the liquid from the broccoli so that it can absorb the flavors.
Use fresh broccoli. Fresh is best because frozen broccoli just doesn’t have the same texture.
Cook broccoli until desired doneness. The broccoli is cooked in a separate pot, so you can adjust and cook it until it is either as hard or as soft as you like it. I prefer mine to be completely soft, while others may like a little crunch.
Cream is optional. This pasta tastes great with or without cream, but I like it better with the cream.
Add protein, if desired. While this is a great meal as is, you can add some grilled chicken or shrimp on top. It pairs really great.
Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1185mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1266IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 2mg