One Pot Broccoli Pasta
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An easy, quick, tasty, healthy and vegan weeknight One Pot Broccoli Pasta that is whipped up in less than 20 minutes! Use gluten-free pasta for a gluten-free option.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • Pinch of sea salt (for pasta water)
  • 500 grams/1 pound pasta, I used spelt pasta (choose brands that takes 8-10 minutes to cook)
  • 7 cups frozen broccoli florets (usually amounts to one standard bag of frozen broccoli)
  • 1¼ cup reserved pasta-water (see directions)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, finely choped OR 1-2 tsp garlic powder(to taste)
  • 1 small yellow/red onion, finely chopped OR 1-2 tsp onion powder (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice OR 2 tbsp white/apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne (to taste)
  • 1 tsp hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Optional Toppings
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Parmesan (*vegan brand for vegans)
  • Hot sauce (not really optional!)
  1. Boil a large pot of water with a pinch of sea salt on high heat.
  2. Once water comes to a boil, add the pasta and frozen broccoli to the boiling water. Turn down to a medium high heat making sure that water does not boil over.
  3. If using fresh onions & garlic (I often used dried on those really busy nights!) finely chop the fresh onion and garlic while the pasta and broccoli are cooking.
  4. Immediately before draining pasta (before it is almost cooked) carefully reserve 1 & ¼ cups of the pasta-water.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain the pasta and broccoli.
  6. Leave the pasta in the strainer and put the pot back on the hot element. Add the reserved pasta-water, onions, garlic, optional nutritional yeast, lemon juice/vinegar and spices to the pot and cook for 2 minutes until the garlic, onions and spices become fragrant.
  7. Add the pasta back into the pot with a splash of olive oil and toss, toss, toss!
  8. Top off with pumpkin seeds, hot sauce, and cheese. Voila! Your One Pot Broccoli Pasta is ready to go :)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5 Calories: 1029 Fat: 25g Saturated fat: 9g Unsaturated fat: 13g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 159g Sugar: 11g Sodium: 861mg Fiber: 17g Protein: 50g Cholesterol: 31mg
Recipe by Ceara's Kitchen at