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If you love pasta and broccoli, you’re going to love this creamy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe. With only a handful of ingredients, it is quick and simple to make in only one pot. Give it a try!

broccoli one pot pasta in a plate
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One pot meals – who doesn’t love them? One Pot Pasta is one of the fastest ways to have a delicious pasta dish on the table in under 20 minutes! It involves cooking the pasta and sauce in one pot, hence “One Pot”.

Sure, Italian chefs probably roll their eyes at the thought of it, yet One Pot pasta has become a popular dish. Precisely because they’re so quick to prepare and you can save time washing up. Only one pot to clean! Win-win! 🙌

vegetarian broccoli one pot pasta in a pasta plate

This One Pot Pasta with Broccoli is extra creamy because it’s made with heavy cream (I like to use dairy-free heavy cream) and Parmesan cheese. Thanks to the broccoli, you also sneak healthy nutrients and vitamins into this pasta dish.

So, if you’re looking for a super quick and easy lunch or dinner, this creamy broccoli pasta recipe is perfect!

Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Ingredients
  • Pasta → Fusilli, penne, or rigatoni with a cooking time of approximately 10 minutes are best.
  • Broccoli → Enriches the dish with nutrients and vitamins. In addition, broccoli provides a crunchy bite. By the way, you can use not only the broccoli florets for this recipe but also the broccoli stem. Cut the fresh parts into thin slices and add them with the florets to the pasta.
  • Olive Oil → For sautéing!
  • Garlic & Shallot → Provides a little more flavor. Shallot can be replaced with one yellow or red onion.
  • Heavy Cream → I use dairy-free heavy cream (soy or oat-based). 
  • Vegetable Broth → That’s where the pasta is cooked in! Provides a little more flavor than just salt water 😉.
  • Parmesan → Makes the One Pot Broccoli Pasta super creamy. Vegans can cook the pasta without parmesan or use a vegan cheese alternative.
  • Lemon Juice → A bit of acidity rounds out the flavor of this dish nicely.
  • Dried Herbs & Black Pepper → To taste. Feel free to add some salt at the end (the vegetable broth already contains salt – so be thrifty) or red pepper flakes.

Instructions

This visual step-by-step instruction will help you along the way – definitely recommended if you’re a cooking beginner! The exact quantities and everything else you need to know for the recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Wash broccoli and cut into very small florets. You can also use the broccoli stem, simply cut it into thin slices.
Broccoli One Pot Pasta Recipe Step-1
  • Heat a large pot with olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallot, sauté for 3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add vegetable broth, dairy-free cream, dried herbs, and pepper, bring to a boil.
  • Stir in pasta and cook for 5 minutes.
Broccoli One Pot Pasta Recipe Step 2-5
  • Add broccoli, cover with a lid, and cook for another 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • Fold in grated Parmesan cheese and lemon juice, cover with the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. → The pasta will soften a little during this time. If your pasta is already al dente, serve immediately.
Broccoli One Pot Pasta Recipe Step 6-8

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Good for 3 days. Reheat in a skillet with some water or in the microwave.

I don’t recommend freezing this pasta dish!

one pot pasta with broccoli in a plate with a fork

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vegetarian broccoli one pot pasta in a pasta plate

One Pot Broccoli Pasta

If you love pasta and broccoli, you’re going to love this creamy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe. With only a handful of ingredients, it is quick and simple to make in only one pot. Give it a try!
Author : Aline Cueni
4.67 from 3 votes

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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings : 2 -3
Calories : 633kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 7 oz pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup dairy-free heavy cream Vegetarian: heavy cream
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 10.5 oz broccoli
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup grated parmesan Vegan: dairy-free cheese

Instructions
 

  • Wash broccoli and cut into very small florets. You can also use the broccoli stem, simply cut it into thin slices.
  • Heat a large pot with olive oil. Add garlic and shallot, sauté for 3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add vegetable broth, dairy-free cream, dried herbs, and pepper, bring to a boil.
  • Stir in pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli, cover with a lid, and cook for another 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • Fold in Parmesan cheese and lemon juice, cover with the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. → The pasta will soften a little during this time. If your pasta is already al dente, serve immediately.

Notes

Keeps fresh for 3 days. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Vegetarians can use regular heavy cream, vegans can substitute parmesan cheese with a vegan cheese alternative.

Nutrition

Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1492mg | Potassium: 893mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1678IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 409mg | Iron: 3mg

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