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Broccoli Garlic Pasta

This easy-to-make broccoli garlic pasta is so tasty, your family will beg for seconds. Quick to make so it’s perfect for this busy season. If you aren't a big fan of garlic, you may want to use half the amount called for in the recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: broccoli, easy pasta dinner, garlic, pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 433kcal


  • 1 lb fresh broccoli florets cut into bite-size pieces (see NOTES)
  • 8 oz penne or any tubular pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the broccoli and garlic and stir fry until broccoli is bright green.
  • Place the cooked pasta in the pan then add the grated cheese; toss to combine.
  • Add the reserved pasta water and stir.
  • Top with the shredded Parmesan.


Frozen florets may be substituted, but thaw them first.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 102.1mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 1.8mg