Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes! - 2 Sisters Recipes by Anna and Liz
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Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes!

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Pasta Cooked with Broccoli is made in 15 Minutes and in One-Pot!
Baby broccoli florets are easily sautéed with extra-virgin olive oil and garlic, then cooked with spaghetti at the same time.  With a few ingredients and one-pot, you’ll have an easy dinner ready to serve in 15 minutes!

The broccoli practically melts while cooking and creates a pesto-like sauce that works well with small pasta or with broken spaghetti like I have here.  Best of all, the kids will love this dish too!

Our family loves pasta dishes.  I’ve been making this pasta dish for years and I love this one because its gets dinner on the table quickly, not to mention -serving in one-pot calls for easy clean up.  Saving time and money.

We made this dish using fresh steamed broccoli, but this time we decided to use frozen broccoli florets.

Here’s a great tip:  You can make this dish using leftover steamed broccoli from the night before.  So when we make a side dish of steamed broccoli, we make extra!  Then turn the (leftover) extra broccoli into this pasta with broccoli dish (another meal made quick with leftover cooked broccoli) for dinner.

It’s an outstanding pasta dish!  So flavorful and delicious even my picky eater Maria loves this one!

It’s a very quick and easy way to put dinner on the table and having a green vegetable in there, makes it even better.  This recipe makes enough for a large crowd, but you can cut the recipe in half for a family of 4.

Leftovers are great reheated the next day.


Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes!

  • 1 pound Thin Spaghetti – broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 to 7 garlic cloves – sliced in halves
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 packages of frozen Baby Broccoli Florets
  • 5 cups water
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano grated cheese, for serving

In a large pasta pot, heat olive oil with garlic cloves and crushed red pepper flakes, until garlic turns golden brown.

In the meantime, open the packages of broccoli and pour them into
a colander and rinse under cool water for about 1 minute. Allow to drain well.

When garlic is golden brown, add the broccoli and stir for about 2 minutes.

Add salt and 5 cups of water.
Bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti to the broccoli mixture and stir occasionally.

Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
When the water is almost absorbed, taste the pasta, it should be al-dente or to your liking.
If you need to add more water, add 1/4 cup each time, until the pasta is cooked.
Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
When spaghetti is done, transfer into individual pasta bowls and serve immediately.
Add some parmigiano cheese on top and enjoy!

Serves 6 to 8

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  • Reply
    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Sounds too good to be that easy! looks great! Have a nice weekend.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 31, 2012 at 2:18 am

    quick pasta like this is my lifesaver and thankfully mu husband doesn;t mind it at all. Love the broccoli addition. I like to do asparagus and edamame!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    August 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    We love pasta with broccoli in our house—we add some ricotta and lemon to it as well. Yours has such an interesting cooking method, I'll have to try it!

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    April 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    We love broccoli and macroni at our house. I never cooked it this way before but will surely try it.


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    Dan from Platter Talk
    March 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful colors and I can only imagine how satisfyingly deliciouys this is. Great post ladies!!

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    abbe@this is how I cook
    March 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Love dishes like this! Can't wait to try!

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    March 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is just what I'm craving tonight! Love how easy it is!

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    July 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    LOVE easy pasta ideas! For some reason, I have never made anything like this…yet!!

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