Pasta Broccoli

How to Make Pasta Broccoli
This Pasta broccoli recipe is so much more delicious than you might think – it has hardly any ingredients, but it is full of incredible flavour Create this divine vegetarian pasta dish and make it creamy, without any cream. Pasta Broccoli is a recipe close to my heart as it is a common dish in Calabria where my wife’s family are from – before we met I had never tried it and now I can officially say I’m hooked! Try this recipe for a quick mid-week meal – no mess, no fuss, no prep, just let the simple ingredients shine!

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Vincenzo’s Top Tips To Make Pasta Broccoli

FRESH is the BEST!

The key ingredient is of course, none other than – broccoli! So look for the fresh or organic from a local farmer – the more tender, the better!

ADD them!

If there are broccoli leaves, add them in too!

Get and fill

Get a mug and fill it with the water from the pot of boiling pasta, then leave to the side.

pasta broccoli recipe

Pasta Broccoli

Vincenzo's Plate
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • large pot
  • Fry pan Medium – large
  • Tongs
  • Mug
  • Garlic crusher
  • Hand sieve


  • 1 head Broccoli
  • 300 grams Spaghetti 150g per person
  • 2 cloves Garlic 1 per person
  • Extra virgin olive oil evoo
  • Grated pecorino cheese
  • Rock salt
  • Pepper


  • This pasta broccoli recipe has a key ingredient – broccoli! Fresh is best or organic from a local farmer – the more tender, the better!
  • Start by trimming the end of the broccoli stem off and leave to the side, then cut the rest of stem off in one piece and trim the florets off too.
  • Cut the stem into small pieces so that it cooks at the same time as the rest of the broccoli.
  • Boil 5L water in a large pot, and add a tablespoon of rock salt.
  • Add your broccoli to the boiling water and leave to cook for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Put a medium size pan on your stove at a low heat and add a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add crushed garlic to the pan then leave to simmer. Once the garlic starts to brown, add 1-2 tablespoons water – this will help prevent the garlic from burning.
  • Once the broccoli has been cooking for 5 or so minutes, use a hand strainer to transfer it to the pan and gently combine it with the EVOO and garlic, leaving it on the stove at a very low temperature.
  • At this point, you want some of the broccoli to be crushed and others to be full pieces.
  • Put the pot of water back on the stove and bring to the boil again before adding the pasta in. Leave to cook according to packet instructions.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to the broccoli and stir through. (If you love pepper, add lots!)
  • Once the pasta is ready, using a hand sieve, strain it then add to the pan and mix together gently, but well, being careful not to break all the pieces of broccoli.
  • Add half a cup of pasta water for this pasta broccoli recipe and mix well. This combined with the softer pieces of broccoli will help to create a creamy sauce without the need for any artificial ingredients!
  • Add a generous sprinkle of grated pecorino (or parmesan) cheese and mix through.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


Keyword Broccoli, Creamy, delicious pasta, Easy Homemade Pasta
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How to serve Pasta Broccoli


Immediately! Serve it hot and add as much extra pecorino and pepper as you desire – you will be surprised by how flavoursome this very simple dish is!

For a twist on traditional, add a tablespoon of pasta water to a scoop of fresh ricotta, mix it together and combine with the pasta while it’s still hot. Two words: Flavour explosion!

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3 Responses to Pasta Broccoli

  1. Margaret February 21, 2023 at 2:39 PM #

    I saw this and did a variation. I followed the recipe except instead of spaghetti, I used fresh, but store-bought cheese tortollini. I also added about a quarter cup of barely chopped pine nuts. It was awesome!

  2. Corroe August 2, 2023 at 11:19 AM #

    4 stars
    This is a really good dish – easy to prepare and surprisingly delicious in its simplicity. I do recommend peeling the stems and stalks of the broccoli, then cutting them in small pieces. They then cook as quickly and are as tender as the florets. Thanks for another great recipe, Vincenzo!

    • Vincenzo's Plate August 2, 2023 at 10:05 PM #

      Your recommendation to peel the stems and stalks of the broccoli is fantastic. Peeling them and cutting them into small pieces indeed makes them cook quickly and become tender, just like the florets. It’s a great tip that will enhance the overall texture and taste of the dish.

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