Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Pastabilities

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

Creamy Broccoli Pasta in a large pot with bags around it

In the event you advised me {that a} pasta dish with broccoli would change 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 without doubt one of 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 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 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 prepare dinner.  I made a decision to save lots of among 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!

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’ll be able to put all of the substances in a meals processor and simply whirl it round a number of instances and create a beautiful sauce…now that’s heaven! And a straightforward weeknight possibility.

I extremely advocate grating your personal block of Parmesan cheese!  Hand grating could seem to be numerous further work, however it’s definitely worth the time. The flavour and freshness can’t be recreated.

The useful pre-packaged grated cheese in baggage is tremendous handy however does include anti-caking and moisture-absorbing substances, 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.  Observe: No matter your selection, 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 would like this…
  • Broccoli could help the immune system and will assist regulate blood strain.

Wow…and the record goes on. For extra details about the well being advantages of broccoli, take a look at this Healthline article.

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

If you’re serving this as a principal 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 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 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 may also be substituted, and even the broccoli discovered within the useful steam baggage.  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 energy of the sauce. You should use ½ Parmesan and ½ Pecorino Romano.  Once more, the laborious 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 approach 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 little bit thinner in consistency. And you’ll want to alter your seasonings if wanted. I could even attempt some even lighter options for the long run…keep tuned.
  • Add diced grilled hen or shrimp so as to add some protein and bulk to the dish. Nice for a principal dish.
  • Prime 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 below are the details about this recipe. If we will combine broccoli into our pasta dishes and be blissful 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 perfect taste, however different grated Parmesan cheeses will work)

¾ cup heavy cream

1 t. salt

½ t. pepper

Recent parsley, chopped for garnish

Directions

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 seems like a pesto-like texture. Style and alter salt and pepper if wanted.

Cook 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 prime with further broccoli florets, recent Parmesan, and parsley!

Notes

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