Broccoli Pasta

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The recipe we are going to show you is simple and quick, made from very few ingredients. Especially, a favorite for children, the broccoli pasta, is delicious and rich in nutrients.

Recipe Facts

Servings

2

Prep time

15

Cook time

20

Calories

537

HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI PASTA (Stepwise Instruction with IMAGES)

1. Take 2 cups of pasta in enough water and add 1 tsp of salt into it.

Cooking Tip: Adding salt into the pasta helps the pasta boil properly and quickly. It adds a layer of seasoning which increases the pasta flavors. Always add enough water to boil the pasta to avoid pasta from sticking with each other during boiling.

2. Boil the pasta for about 10 – 15 minutes on high heat until it’s cooked properly.

Cooking Tip: do not overcook the pasta as it will start breaking apart and getting mushy and soft when adding it to broccoli in later stages. Undercooked pasta will be hard and tough to chew. The best way to avoid both is to take a pasta piece, bite and see if it’s well cooked.

3. Stir the pasta in between to avoid it being sticky.

4. When the pasta is ready take it out. Make sure to save 1 cup of pasta water aside for later use in cooking broccoli.

5. Add 2 tbsp of cooking oil to a heating cooking pot.

6. When the oil starts getting heated, add 3 cloves of freshly sliced garlic to it.

Cooking Tip: Adding fresh garlic will enhance the taste and flavors of your recipe as compared to store-bought garlic paste. Here we use sliced garlic but you can also use chopped or minced garlic too. 

7. Fry the garlic in medium heat until it will become light golden in color.

Cooking Tip: Do not fry the garlic on high heat as it can easily burn and destroy its taste.

8. Add 2 cups of fresh broccoli florets into the cooking pot. You can use fresh or frozen florets here.

9. Add the leftover pasta water stock 1 cup that we saved earlier. Adding pasta water helps make our pasta recipe more creamy and delicious (this option replaces the adding of cheese or additional cream in your recipe which could make your recipe fattier).

10. While cooking the broccoli, gently mash it with a spatula to bring a soft tender structure to it and help in easy cooking. Make sure to mash it just enough (to leave some broccoli medium and small pieces that give a crunchiness to the recipe).

11. Add 1 + 1/2 tbsp of butter into the broccoli. We add butter in this stage and not in the starting to avoid butter from cooking completely and still have its creaminess.

12. Add 1 + 1/2 tsp of salt (or according to your taste) and 1 tsp of black pepper powder and mix everything well for about a minute.

13. Now, add the boiled pasta.

14. Stir everything very well for about 1 – 2 minutes.

15. Our delicious broccoli whole wheat paste is ready to serve.

About Broccoli Pasta

The nutrition value of the Broccoli Pasta comes from Broccoli which is used as a main ingredient – Broccoli is a good source of vitamin K & C, fiber, potassium & folate. The goodness of broccoli, Garlic gives this dish its unique flavor.

A bowl of broccoli pasta is just what you need when the weather starts getting colder. As well as being a healthy choice that will warm up your body from head to toe this winter season.

This recipe can easily be a great party star and also a perfect lunch box meal for your office or your children’s school. Easy & quick to prepare, with only a few ingredients, and your dish is done. Healthy and delicious with the goodness of broccoli. Forget all other cheesy pasta, and try this veggie recipe 🙂 !

Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals, but it’s the antioxidants that make this veggie really worth eating. Antioxidant properties can help prevent certain conditions from developing into more serious health problems like cancer or heart disease.

Broccoli is rich in sulfur, which may help improve your gut health and support against infection.

Broccoli may be one of the best foods you’ve ever heard about. A study by Nutrition Research found that consuming steamed broccoli regularly lowers your risk for cardiovascular disease by reducing total cholesterol in the body.

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin A, which the body uses to help with night blindness.

Types of Pasta that can be used to make Broccoli Pasta

To prepare this broccoli pasta recipe you can use any type of pasta that is available in your pantry.

I used fusilli pasta for this recipe because it was available at the time and Fusili is one of my favorite shapes when preparing such recipes.

For a healthier and more beneficial meal, try to use whole wheat or durum-wheat pasta.

Using Fresh or Frozen Broccoli

Broccoli is a powerful food that can be used in many different ways to give your body the nutrients it needs. Whether you choose fresh or frozen, both have their benefits.

Broccoli is a great addition to any pasta dish. I used fresh florets because it was in my refrigerator and usually Broccoli stays refrigerated longer than other fresh vegetables.

Frozen broccoli is a great option for those who don’t have much time. I usually just steam or boil frozen bits and then mix them with other ingredients for cooking or marination etc. 

Note: The cooking time can be different if you are using frozen broccoli over fresh broccoli.

Flavors of Garlic & Pepper

Broccoli pasta is a great way to get some nutritious vegetables in your diet. But if you’re feeling like you need something with more punch in your taste, then adding garlic and pepper powder will enhance the flavors of this dish.

Freshly sliced garlic cloves also bring an aromatic and a punch of garlic tastiness to your dish. This coupled with freshly crushed black peppercorn can take your Broccoli pasta taste to next level.

When it comes to using garlic, peppercorn, or condiments as such, I have always tried to use fresh compared to processed-store bought. Using fresh and home-prepared always enhances the flavors of your dish compared to the already processed or readymade.

Tips for preparing Broccoli Pasta the right way

When it comes to using garlic, peppercorn, or condiments as such, I have always tried to use fresh compared to processed-store bought. Using fresh and home-prepared always enhances the flavors of your dish compared to the already processed or readymade.

1. Quality of Pasta

  • The best pasta is key to making your dish taste great and it’s important that you use high-quality ingredients for this.
  • The health benefits of consuming whole wheat and durum pasta instead of other types is an excellent way to get your daily dose, plus it will help you avoid carbs.

2. Cooking of Pasta

  • It is important to know the proper cooking time for pasta so that it will be tender and not mushy.
  • Overcooked pasta will be very soft and mushy, with no structural integrity left. The shape of the overcooked pasta will also start breaking apart as you stir them later on for your broccoli.
  • Undercooked pasta will make your recipe even more unpleasant as the texture is hard to chew.
  • After boiling the pasta rinse it in cold water to remove the excess starch and avoid it from getting sticky with each other.

3. Cooking of Broccoli

  • Cook the broccoli for just enough time, so you can get a nice crunch and great flavors.
  • One of my favorite things to do with broccoli is mashing it very lightly. I love how the texture changes and also there are crunchy bits left when you eat them.

4. Using Pasta Water

  • We are going to use leftover water in which we boiled the pasta for this dish.
  • Leftover pasta water is a great way to add some creaminess and lend an extra dimension of flavor.
  • If you’re not a fan of the cream or cheese typically used in pasta, this recipe is just right for you. We use pasta water to give it that rich and creamy texture without using any dairy at all.

5. Adding Butter in between Cooking

  • You can cook garlic and broccoli without having to worry about burning the butter because you will be adding it later. This way, your dish has all of those wonderful flavors in the recipe.

Other Pasta Recipes to check out

White Sauce Chicken Pasta

Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Recipe Card

Broccoli Pasta 

Course: Main Course, SnackCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

537

kcal
Total time

35

minutes

In this recipe, we take pasta (fusilli style) & lightly boiled and mashed broccoli with other side ingredients, to cook a delicious broccoli pasta!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Pasta Durum Wheat

  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil

  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets

  • 1+1/2 Tbsp Butter Salted

  • 1 Cup Pasta Stock

  • 1+1/2 Tsp Salt (or based on taste)

  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Powder

  • 3 Cloves Garlic

Directions

  • Take 2 cups of pasta in water add 1 tsp of salt and let it boil on high flame for 10 – 15 minutes, once ready keep the pasta aside and also save 1 cup of leftover pasta boiled water/stock.
  • In a fresh cooking pot, add 2 tbsp cooking oil and 3 cloves of sliced garlic. Let the garlic cook till light brown.
  • Into the above, add broccoli florets 2 cups and leftover pasta stock/water 1 cup, gently mash the broccoli to make it soft and crushed.
  • Add butter 1+1/2 tbsp, salt 1+1/2 tsp (or based on taste), black pepper powder 1 tsp, and mix it well.
  • After a minute of mixing well add boiled pasta and stir it well for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Now, healthy and yummy broccoli whole wheat pasta is ready for serving.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Use salt based on your taste and diet requirement, although we have used some measurements.
  • We have used fusilli style pasta – any other style of pasta can be used according to availability.
  • After boiling the pasta and before adding it to the vegetables always run it through cold water to avoid the boiled pasta from sticking to each other.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container


Calories537

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 25.7g 40%
    • Saturated Fat 8.1g 41%
  • Cholesterol 71mg 24%
  • Sodium 115mg 5%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 342mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrate 63.2g 22%
    • Dietary Fiber 8.4g 34%
    • Sugars 3.4g
  • Protein 15.4g 31%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 34%
  • Vitamin D 30%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. For how long do we need to cook the pasta?

You have to cook the pasta until it will become properly tender. This includes making sure you’re using enough water and stirring regularly while cooking.

To ensure the pasta is cooked through, you should check it while cooking. This way there will be no chance of overcooking and ruining its flavor and proper texture.

Q. Is it a Healthy Recipe?

Broccoli pasta can be a healthy dish if you use ingredients like broccoli, garlic, pepper powder fresh and organic. Using whole wheat pasta is a healthy alternative to other types of pasta.

Q. Can we use any other type of pasta instead of Fusilli?

Yes, you can use any other type of pasta instead of fusilli. This will make your dish more interesting and fun to eat. Expect for having it as whole wheat type (as a healthier alternative), otherwise, the shape and texture of the pasta is really not important when preparing this recipe.

Q. Can we Cook pasta in advance?

You can always cook the pasta ahead of time and also keep it in your refrigerator for later use. Storing your pasta in advance and then cooking it later will not only save you time but also can produce a perfect texture.

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