Perfect broccoli pasta

Broccoli is an excellent veggie to include in our diet during its season, typically winter and spring. We love it, but truth is that in order to properly enjoy it, it is key to prepare it in dishes that boosts its positives and avoid boring recipes. 

If you are one of those of doesn’t particularly enjoy broccoli, you should definitely try this recipe. After preparing, you will very likely see it differently and start incorporating it into more dishes. 

It is the easiest recipe, with just a few ingredients all easily available in any supermarket. 

We hope that you like it! 

Receta - Pasta con Broccoli (1 of 1)-8

Pasta with broccoli

We want to share with you the perfect dish for those who are not used to eating broccoli. Garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese combine with this veggie to perfection. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1 medium-sized broccoli
  • 4 portions pasta (normally between 80g and 120g)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • olive oil (for sautéing)
  • 100 g Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • cayenne or chilies (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut the little "trees" of the broccoli head in bite size pieces. You can use the stem in a soup or add it to the cooking water for the pasta later.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • In a pan, add some olive oil at medium heat and once it is hot enough, add the broccoli. At first it probably will take a lot of space, but in the cooking process it will lose a lot of water and shrink.
    We added the stem to the pan for a bit to add more flavour.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • Whilst the broccoli is cooking, we place a shallow pot with water at high heat and cut the garlic in thin slices.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • When the broccoli has acquire a more intense dark green colour, and its texture is tender (we can try a piece to check this), we add the the garlic and cayenne/chilies (optional) to the pan.
    Now it is time to cook the pasta in the boiling water.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • After 3-4 minutes, we set the heat of the broccoli pan to medium-high and let everything caramelise a bit. For this we need to pay attention so that it doesn't burn.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • When the pasta is al dente, strain it. Once the brocoli and garlic are a bit caramelised, incorporate the pasta to the pan and mix very well.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli
  • Adjust the salt and pepper levels to taste. Keep in mind the cheese is also salty.
    We serve the food and sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top.
    Receta - Pasta con Broccoli


  • Another version of this recipe that is really interesting consists in subbing cheese with lemon, to achieve a fresher, lighter dish. 
  • You can also sub parmesan with old manchego cheese for a little touch. In fact, this is an excellent recipe to use a cheese that is getting too hard. 
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