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Italian Broccoli & Spaghetti Recipe

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This easy Broccoli and Spaghetti recipe is simple and delicious. Broccoli pasta is an economical way to enjoy a vegetarian or meatless Monday weekly meal and it only takes minutes to make as a one-pot dish. Add a piece of crusty bread and a sprinkle of cheese and you have yourself a quick and easy meal.

Pasta and Broccoli in bowl

Easy One-Pot Broccoli Pasta

When looking for an option for a “Meatless Monday” meal, be sure to put this broccoli & spaghetti dish on your planning list.

I've said it before and I will say it again- Simple ingredients create the best recipes! Cook everything in one pot on the stove and dinner is ready in no time.

I ate this simple Italian meal while growing up and it always holds a place as true comfort food. Now that I'm older, I understand why this dish was served often. It only takes one pot to make it, the ingredients are simple, and a little goes a long way to feed a big family or ensure there will be leftovers to enjoy for a few days.

Tools to make Broccoli & Spaghetti

You only need a few key kitchen items to make this vegetarian dish:

  • Stockpot– a staple kitchen item to make pasta, soups, gravies, and more.
  • Strainer or colander– like this RSVP International one. It is THE BEST!
  • Measuring cups
Broccoli Head

—- There is a printable recipe at the bottom of this post. —-

Related recipes: Broccoli Slaw Salad, Quick Easy Pasta Recipe, One-Pan Vegetable Pasta, Fresh Bruschetta Pasta, Cacio e Pepe

Simple Broccoli & Spaghetti Directions

Bring water to a boil in a stock pot with a touch of olive oil.

Add spaghetti and broccoli to boiling water and cook together until the pasta is finished according to package directions.

spaghetti in pot of water

Drain pot making sure to leave about 5% of water in pasta.

Add a generous amount of olive oil (about 1/4 C.) salt & pepper. Heavy on salt, very light on pepper.

Place broccoli and spaghetti in a bowl and add a generous sprinkle of grated cheese.

Serving Alternatives

If you are looking to add a bit of protein to this dish homemade Italian meal here are some ideas to get you started

  • Cooked chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Mushrooms
  • Cannellini beans

How to Store Leftovers

This simple pasta dish can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy this cold with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or add a scrambled egg for a hearty breakfast.

One pot Meal Broccoli Pasta
Yield: 4

Broccoli & Spaghetti

broccoli and spaghetti is a simple and delicious dish as well as economical for meal planning. #recipe #easydish #mealplanning

This easy Broccoli and Spaghetti recipe is simple and delicious. Broccoli and spaghetti is an economical way to enjoy a vegetarian or meatless Monday weekly meal!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • Olive oil
  • Locatelli Pecorino Romano Cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil water in stockpot with a touch of olive oil.
  2. Add spaghetti and broccoli and cook together until the pasta is finished.
  3. Drain pot making sure to leave about 5% of the water in pasta.
  4. Add a generous amount of olive oil (about 1/4 C.) salt & pepper.
  5. Heavy on salt, very light on pepper.
  6. Place in a bowl and add a generous sprinkle of cheese.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Updated post with more helpful tips and leftover instructions. Original post 11/17/2009. Updated on 6/18/21

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