Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe

This is one the easiest pasta dishes I make for my family, I make it at least twice a month when I need a quick meal and they all devour it. With just a few ingredients and only one pot, this recipe will put dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

I’m really not sure why I haven’t posted this sooner, this is the recipe my daughter wants to learn how to make when she is away at college. In fact, as I was photographing this today, she was standing right next to me with a plate and bowl in hand.

A few quick tips for making this perfect every time. Don’t overcook the pasta, there is nothing worse than mushy pasta. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining, you’ll add some of it back in after without having to add too much oil. And most importantly, use good cheese! I like Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano, don’t buy the cheap stuff, it just isn’t the same. If you like a little spice, add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 1/2 cups • Points +: 8 pts • Smart Points: 8
Calories: 289.2 • Fat: 7.1 g • Carbs: 48 g • Fiber: 4.9 g • Protein: 11.7 g • Sugar: 1.0
Sodium: 103.7 (without salt)


  • 12 oz uncooked pasta (use brown rice or quinoa pasta for gluten-free)
  • 6 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets, no stems
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water boils, add pasta and broccoli at the same time and cook according to pasta instructions for al dente. When pasta is almost done cooking, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and broccoli.

Return the pot to the stove and set heat to high; add 1 tbsp olive oil, when hot, add garlic. Cook until golden, reduce flame to low and add pasta back to the pot.

Mix well, add remaining olive oil, grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste mixing well and smashing any large pieces of broccoli to break up.

Add 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water and mix well adding more if needed.

Serve in pasta bowls with additional grated cheese on the side.
Makes about 9 cups.

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Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe – easy, kid friendly & ready in less than 15 minutes!