Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Pastabilities

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

Creamy Broccoli Pasta in a large pot with bags around it

When you advised me {that a} pasta dish with broccoli would change into a favourite, I might by no means imagine you. I do love inexperienced veggies, however broccoli was about close to the underside of my listing…however not anymore!

Creamy Broccoli Pasta is among 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 liked this concept for a March recipe too…the attractive 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.  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 recent 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 possibly can assure a scrumptious taste when recent Parmesan Reggiano and heavy cream are included within the recipe lineup. However when you’ll be able to put all of the elements in a meals processor and simply whirl it round just a few instances and create a beautiful sauce…now that’s heaven! And a simple weeknight choice.

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

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

For this recipe, the place cheese is the principle 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 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 enamel well being.
  • Broccoli could also be good for eye well being. In my 50’s I want this…
  • Broccoli could assist the immune system and should assist regulate blood stress.

Wow…and the listing 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 primary 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 further greens or a salad.

Actually, the flavors of this sauce will mix simply with about any menu. I’ve served this pasta as a primary 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 ideas or concepts to raise this scrumptious creamy broccoli sauce?

  • Frozen broccoli florets will 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 power of the sauce. You should use ½ Parmesan and ½ Pecorino Romano.  Once more, the onerous fruity and nutty cheeses from Italy are excellent. Strive your personal combo!
  • Steam cauliflower florets and broccoli collectively and use this mixture of veggies for a twist on style. It’s one other option 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’ll even attempt some even lighter alternate options for the long run…keep tuned.
  • Add diced grilled rooster or shrimp so as to add some protein and bulk to the dish. Nice for a primary dish.
  • Prime 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 below are the information about this recipe. If we will combine broccoli into our pasta dishes and be comfortable 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 every other brief form)

5 cups broccoli florets

3 T. butter

2 cloves, garlic, minced

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

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I grated Parmesan Reggiano for one of the best 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.  Deliver 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 to be like a pesto-like texture. Style and modify salt and pepper if wanted.

Prepare dinner pasta in line with bundle instructions.  Drain and add to a big bowl.

Pour creamy broccoli over scorching pasta and gently mix.

Serve in particular person bowls and high with additional broccoli florets, recent Parmesan, and parsley!


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