Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli Pasta coated with garlic and red pepper infused olive oil. Super simple and tons of flavor. Great as a side or main dish.

My family loves garlic, if you do as well this recipe will be a favorite.

Becky, a neighbor of my parent’s, gave them this recipe that her dad learned in Italy while they lived there for a few years when she was young. In her family, this recipe is served as a side dish along with grilled sausages or another piece of grilled meat.

In our family, we serve it as a main dish the majority of the time and it’s still loved by all.

Now, the recipe has you strain the garlic and red pepper flakes. Don’t toss them! We like to keep them one the side and those that really love the garlic flavor and want a bit more kick actually add it to their serving of pasta.

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Broccoli Pasta
  • 12 ounces penne noodles or any other kind-of noodles
  • As much broccoli as you would like (1/2 -1 pound)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you can add more to make spicier)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a saucepan heat oil, pepper flakes, and crushed or minced garlic on low heat.
  2. Watch the oil as it can burn easily. Cook about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain out the garlic and pepper and set to the side.
  4. Bring water to boil and cook noodles according to package directions.
  5. Steam broccoli to desired doneness.
  6. When everything is done, add the broccoli to the pasta and drizzle with the oil mixture (can use the garlic and pepper, toss it, or serve on the side).
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese.


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35 thoughts on “Broccoli Pasta

  1. Amber Neal

    Yummy! We love garlic too! I will have to give this recipe a try soon!! Very soon!! Thanks for linking it up this week for MMM link up party! I am sharing it tomorrow on the Adventures in Mindful Livings FB page!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Mini roasted potatoes sound fabulous! Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy seeing your comments. 🙂 My dad travels to Australia several times a year and growing up we had some of his colleagues from Australia over for dinner. It was always fun.

  2. Carrie This Home

    This looks simple, healthy, and delicious! I love finding recipes like this since it’s a great way to get more veggies in my diet. I’m pinning this to my dinner board right now! I’m stopping by from The Weekend Wind Down party.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      It is all of those things! I love how quickly it comes together and yet it still has good flavor. We had it again this week with leftover noodles from another meal. Thanks for pinning and stopping by. Have a great week!

  3. Antionette Blake

    This looks like a deliciously healthy recipe that I am looking forward to making in the near future. Thank you for linking up and sharing with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Nicky

    This looks really good. I like that is simple and quick to make. Thanks for linking up and sharing this at the Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party. I hope you’ll join us again.

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