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Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes!

Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 minutes! by 2sistersrecipes.com

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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 as 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 it gets dinner on the table quickly, not to mention -serving in one-pot calls for easy cleanup.

Saving time and money.

We usually make this dish using fresh steamed broccoli, but this time we decided to use frozen broccoli florets.  It’s an outstanding pasta dish!

So flavorful and delicious even my picky eater Maria loves this one!

A bowl filled with spaghetti and broccoli by 2sistersrecipes.com

Notes and Great Tips:

  • You can make this dish using leftover steamed broccoli from the night before.
  • So it is a good idea, if you make a side dish of steamed broccoli, make extra!  Then turn the (leftover) extra broccoli into this pasta dish with broccoli for dinner the next day.
  • Be careful to not add in too much water when cooking the spaghetti, or you will get mushy pasta, and more like a soupy dish.
  • This recipe makes enough for a large crowd, but you can cut the recipe in half for a family of four.

  • Leftovers reheat beautifully the next day!

Pasta is cooked with broccoli in 15 minutes!  It is a very quick and easy way to put dinner on the table.

Plus, a huge benefit of having a green vegetable in there makes it even better!

Your family will love this pasta dish, and will ask for seconds.

Enjoy!

*Follow along below, or jump down to the bottom for our full recipe card!

Ingredients Needed for Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes:

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 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 of water

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano grated cheese, for serving

How to Make Pasta Cooked with Broccoli…

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

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

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

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

6.  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 additional water, only add a small amount of water, about 1/4 cup each time until the pasta is cooked.

7.  Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.  When spaghetti is done, transfer into individual pasta bowls and serve immediately.  Add some grated parmigiano cheese on top and enjoy!

Serves 6 to 8

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Yield: 6 to 8

Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes!

Pasta Cooked with Broccoli in 15 Minutes!

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large pasta pot, heat olive oil and add garlic cloves and crushed red pepper flakes, and saute garlic until garlic turns golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, open the packages of broccoli and pour them into a colander and rinse under cool water for about 1 minute. Allow draining well.
  3. When garlic is golden brown, add the broccoli and stir for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add salt and 5 cups of water.
  5. Bring to a boil. Add spaghetti to the broccoli mixture and stir occasionally.
  6. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. When the water is fully absorbed, taste the pasta, it should be al-dente or to your liking.
  8. If you need to add more water, add very small increments, about 1/4 cup each time until the pasta is cooked. Be careful not to add too much water, or you could end up with soup.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. When spaghetti is done, transfer into individual pasta bowls and serve immediately.
  11. Add some Parmigiano cheese on top and enjoy!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy
    May 17, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Hey ladies, I have to admit that before making this I was a little skeptical on how it would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was delicious!!
    I do have a question, if I make a tray of this dish for a party and it won’t be eaten for a day or two after, how do I reheat it? Do I put it in the oven?

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 17, 2022 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Wendy! I have always reheated our pasta dishes in the microwave. But if I have to guess, then my guess would be a Yes. You could reheat this dish in a preheated oven at 350F for about 10 minutes. You can add a little drizzle of water to it to keep the pasta moist and to keep it from drying out while reheating in the oven. I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cathleen
    July 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

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

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

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

  • Reply
    [email protected] is how I cook
    March 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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

  • Reply
    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!!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    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.

    Thanks.

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • 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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