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

Should you informed me {that a} pasta dish with broccoli would turn 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 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” of us on the market, children included!

Small bowl of creamy broccoli pasta surrounded by ingredients

I cherished this concept for a March recipe too…the gorgeous inexperienced shade is ideal for St. Patrick’s Day or any Springtime event.  I needed 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 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 save lots of a number of the small florets so as to add to the person bowls as type 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’ll be able to assure a scrumptious taste when recent Parmesan Reggiano and heavy cream are included within the recipe lineup. However when you possibly can put all of the elements in a meals processor and simply whirl it round a couple of instances and create a beautiful sauce…now that’s heaven! And a simple weeknight possibility.

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

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

For this recipe, the place cheese is the principle ingredient, the freshly grated cheese actually makes a distinction.  Observe: 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 might help the immune system and will assist regulate blood strain.

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

If you’re serving this as a essential course, Creamy Broccoli Pasta plus a colourful facet salad will make a deliciously easy dinner.  Add some grilled hen, pork, or steak, and make this your starchy facet 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 essential dish, and as a facet dish. I even took some leftovers to the workplace for lunch, serving it chilly with some leftover grilled hen….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 will also be substituted, and even the broccoli discovered within the useful steam luggage.  Cook 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 power of the sauce. You need to use ½ Parmesan and ½ Pecorino Romano.  Once more, the arduous fruity and nutty cheeses from Italy are good. Attempt your individual 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 total.  You would possibly discover that your sauce could also be somewhat thinner in consistency. And make sure you alter your seasonings if wanted. I could even attempt some even lighter alternate options for the longer term…keep tuned.
  • Add diced grilled hen or shrimp so as to add some protein and bulk to the dish. Nice for a essential dish.
  • High with chopped grape or cherry tomatoes for some shade and added vitamins!
Very tight shot of finished pasta showing off shapes and fresh Parmesan and broccoli

So listed here are the info about this recipe. If we are able to combine broccoli into our pasta dishes and be joyful about it, then the experimenting ought to go on, don’t you suppose?  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 quick 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 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.  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 remaining to a meals processor.

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

Cook dinner pasta in keeping with bundle 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 further broccoli florets, recent Parmesan, and parsley!


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