Pasta Con Broccoli

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Pasta con Broccoli is an incredible Italian dish with broccoli and mushrooms tossed in an amazing tomato cream sauce. This one pot dinner is made start to finish in less than 20 minutes!

pasta con broccoli in a bowl

Pasta con Broccoli has always been a favorite in our family. Growing up my family and I frequented a St. Louis chain, The Pasta House. We gravitated toward Pasta con Broccoli because of it’s rich cream sauce with a hint of tomato paired with tender mushrooms and broccoli. It was irresistible!

My cravings for that dish didn’t die with our move to Kansas City, so I started making it at home. It’s a quick and easy dinner recipe that can be made start to finish in about 20 minutes!

Love quick and easy pasta dinners as much as we do? You’ve got to try my homemade fettuccine alfredo recipe – it’s a rich and creamy way to your family’s heart! You also can’t miss this light and flavorful broccoli pasta – it’s a fresh and tasty filling meal.

pasta con broccoli on a plate

It’s one of the easiest pasta recipes because it’s a one-pot pasta! One-pot pastas are amazing. All the ingredients for an incredible, well-rounded dish in a single pot. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner requiring minimal prep, cook time, and a single dish to clean.

Let’s be honest, eating pasta with broccoli is the only way I can sneak it in. Even the girls love it and have no idea I add mushrooms.

pasta with broccoli and mushroomsi in pasta dish

Pasta Con Broccoli Ingredients

  • Pasta – You can use a box/bag of pasta, or as I often do, make homemade pasta! Learn how to make How to Make Homemade Pasta here – it’s easier than you think! You can use any noodle, but I like to use medium shells to capture mushrooms and broccoli in every bite.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference. I use salted for all cooking and baking.
  • Half and Half – This results in a light cream sauce, however, if you prefer a richer cream sauce, you can substitute with heavy cream.
  • Pepper – both red pepper and black pepper add flavor to this easy recipe. I like to use my pepper grinder set for thick flakes for maximum texture and flavor.
  • Garlic – I use minced garlic. It’s an easy shortcut and adds just as much flavor as mincing fresh garlic. You can find jars of it in the produce section of your grocery store.
  • Mushrooms – This recipe is the easiest way to sneak veggies in! The mushrooms are coated in cream sauce, who can resist that? pasta con broccoli with mushrooms on a plate
  • Broccoli – The broccoli is so tender it becomes one with the noodle and often gets trapped inside with delicious sauce.
  • Parmesan – Normally I’d suggest to use fresh grated parmesan, but in this recipe, store bought grated parmesan works just as well!

How to Make Pasta Con Broccoli

This one-pot pasta is easy and fun to make! It’s so effortless. To make Pasta Con Broccoli simply…

  1. Boil noodles in salty water until ¾ cooked. noodles in pot for one pot pasta con broccoli
  2. Strain water (I do this using a wooden spoon to avoid a strainer).
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and add the broccoli, mushrooms, butter, half and half, tomato sauce, garlic, red pepper. one pot pasta con broccoli mushrooms noodles and broccoli in pot  process shot of pasta con broccoli
  4. Sauce will thicken. Remove from heat when noodles are fully cooked and vegetables are tender (about 4 minutes). stirring parmesan into pasta con broccoli
  5. Toss with parmesan. Pepper to taste.

Variations

As with any dish, you can tweak to your preference. The options are endless! These are a few of my favorite ideas to tweak this delicious dish!

  • Add more veggies – my mom always enjoyed it with cauliflower as well. You can mix in your favorite veggies! Other options include sweet onions, asparagus and zucchini.
  • Add protein – this pairs really well with my juicy baked chicken breast which is equally quick and easy to make. Cooked Italian sausage, bacon, or guanicale also work well.
  • Substitute with rice or gnocchi – not a fan of egg noodle? These flavors also work well with rice and gnocchi.

Serving Suggestions

This pairs incredibly well with Italian Salad! It’s a match made in heaven. One of the other things I love about this one-pot Pasta Con Broccoli is that you don’t need a side dish. Of course, there’s always dessert. For that may I suggest Cream Cheese Ice Cream?

pasta con broccoli in a bowl

Tips

  • Use fresh broccoli for the best flavor and texture.
  • Adjust tomato sauce to taste. Some may enjoy more, others less.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add a touch of heavy cream or half and half to warm on stovetop, in the oven or microwave.
  • Freeze – Freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat to serve.

How to Reheat Pasta

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add pasta to an oven save dish. Drizzle with leftover sauce, heavy cream, half and half or tomato sauce.
  3. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes or until completely heated through. Serve with fresh grated parmesan and cracked pepper.
How do you cut broccoli for pasta?

Cut into tiny florets, the same size or smaller than the noodle you are using. Slice large florets in half removing the stem.

This recipe is a favorite at an array of St. Louis restaurants including Pasta House, Cunetto’s, Zia’s and more! You’ll also love these incredible St. Louis recipes:

pasta in a bowl with a fork and spoon

You can print the recipe below. If you try this dish, don’t forget to share along with a five star review! I love hearing from you!

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Pasta Con Broccoli

Author: Julie Blanner
Pasta con Broccoli is an incredible Italian dish with broccoliand mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce. This one pot dinner is made from start to finish in less than 20 minutes!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 490 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • cups half and half
  • cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add pasta. Prepare until ¾ done and strain. Return pasta to pot.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and add butter, half and half, tomato sauce, minced garlic, red pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms.
  • Boil until noodles and vegetables are tender and sauce thickens – about 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and toss with parmesan.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Pasta – Your favorite shells
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference. 
  • Half and Half – This results in a light cream sauce, however, if you prefer a richer cream sauce, you can substitute with heavy cream.
  • Garlic – I use minced garlic. Substitute with 4 garlic cloves, crushed.

Variations

  • Add Cauliflower
  • Add Protein – this pairs really well with baked chicken breast 
  • Substitute with Rice or Gnocchi 
  • Use gluten-free pasta

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add a touch of heavy cream or half and half to warm on stovetop, in the oven or microwave.
  • Freeze – Freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat to serve.

Nutrition

Calories:490kcalCarbohydrates:62gProtein:17gFat:19gSaturated Fat:11gCholesterol:51mgSodium:374mgPotassium:403mgFiber:3gSugar:3gVitamin A:700IUVitamin C:15.8mgCalcium:241mgIron:1.5mg
5 from 20 votes
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Originally posted May 2014

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