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Pasta with Broccoli

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian/American


A few simple ingredients turn this easy pasta with broccoli recipe into dairy free weeknight perfection, and it can be ready in under 20 minutes! Make it vegan with a one simple swap.


  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 16-ounce package rigatoni
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Coarse salt


  1. Place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 4 minutes at full power.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente in a large pot of salted water. Before draining, reserve 1/2 – 1 cup pasta water.
  3. Heat a saucepan to medium. Add olive oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in anchovy paste and nutritional yeast with a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water until the ingredients dissolve and a sauce is formed.
  5. Combine sauce with broccoli and pasta, adding additional pasta water, as needed, until everything is evenly coated with sauce.
  6. Serve immediately

Keywords: broccoli pasta, pasta with broccoli, easy pasta recipe, dairy free dinner