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Broccoli pasta in a Le Creuset pan.
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Broccoli Pasta

This quick and easy Broccoli Pasta recipe is one in the category of quick and easy. Simple ingredients create delicious results. Perfect dinner for busy weekdays!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: broccoli pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Anna


  • 3 cups farfalle pasta
  • ½ lb broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a medium saucepan or pasta pot, bring water to a boil. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and stir. Add pasta and cook until al dente. During the last 4 minutes of cooking pasta, add broccoli florets to the pot. Cook until broccoli is tender and bright green and pasta is al dente. Remove broccoli from pot and set on a cutting board. Reserve ¾ cup of pasta water, then drain pasta.
  • In a skillet, heat up oil with butter. Add chopped onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute together until the onion is translucent.
  • Chop broccoli and add to onion. Stir together. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add pasta, Parmesan cheese and half of the pasta water to skillet. Stir everything together, until the cheese melts and it creates a simple sauce with the pasta water. Add more water if needed.
  • Serve with more Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and/or crushed red pepper flakes and lemon zest.


  • To add chicken to this dish, cook it in the skillet first, remove it onto a plate, then saute veggies.
  • Any bite-size pasta works in this recipe.
  • Store the leftovers of this pasta in a container with a lid, in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 1mg