Sep 302015
 

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I have mentioned time and again that I am a die hard fan of pasta in all its forms. I don’t mind if its cheesy, boozy, creamy or simply loaded with veggies. Pasta holds a sacred place in my heart. As my little up is growing up I have seen similar or more violent streak to devour pasta. This makes the matter serious since we are a complete pasta loving family and I  have to come up with more and more pasta recipes. Sigh!

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Well  lately my husband and me are on a load shedding spree, which means creamy and cheesy pastas have to be kept at bay. 🙁 I decided to make this healthier pasta with Broccoli which uses no cream and very little cheese and that too is purely optional. I have always loved such simple pastas. You can enjoy them without feeling very guilty ;). I had earlier posted Sauteed Red Bell Pepper & Olive Pasta which was also without cream and cheese. 

Directions:

1. Cut the broccoli into florets and wash them under running water to make it dirt free. Boil pasta as per packet instructions. You can choose any shape you like. Learn how to boil pasta perfectly.


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2. Drain water and keep the florets aside. Also finely chop some garlic or you can even mince it. 

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3. In a pan add some olive oil.

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4. Add chopped garlic and Red chilli Flakes to the oil. Let the oil get infused with garlic and red chili flakes while it heats up.


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5. Add broccoli florets and give it a toss in the oil. 

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6. Add water and stock bullion. Or you can use vegetable stock only.


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7. Season with salt and let it cook covered on low medium heat till broccoli is partially cooked. You will be able to cut the broccoli with a spatula.


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8. Add boiled pasta to the broccoli and combine.

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9. Season it with Ground Black pepper.

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10. Add little butter to make it smoother.

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11. Top it up with Parmesan Cheese.

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12. Serve it hot with Cheesy Garlic Bread on the side.

Other Pasta recipes you can try here are: Pasta Alla Vodka, Sauteed Red Bell Pepper & Olive Pasta, Avocado Parsley Pasta, Sundried Tomatoes Pasta Salad, Spaghetti Vegetable Pasta , Chicken Lasagna, Mushroom Lasagna in Bechamel Sauce.

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Healthy Broccoli Pasta | No Cream Broccoli Pasta
Serves 4
Deliciously tasty and healthy Broccoli Pasta
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of Broccoli Florets
  2. 4 Cloves of garlic, sliced
  3. 3/4 cup of Chicken Stock or 3/4 Cup Water + Vegetable Stock Bullion
  4. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  5. 225 gms Pasta
  6. 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  7. 1 Tbsp of Butter
  8. ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, you can use little or avoid altogether
  9. Pinch of Red Chilli Flakes
Instructions
  1. Cut the broccoli into florets and wash them under running water to make it dirt free. Boil pasta as per packet instructions. You can choose any shape you like. Learn how to boil pasta perfectly.
  2. Drain water and keep the florets aside. Also finely chop some garlic or you can even mince it. v
  3. In a pan add some olive oil.
  4. Add chopped garlic and Red chilli Flakes to the oil. Let the oil get infused with garlic and red chili flakes while it heats up.
  5. Add broccoli florets and give it a toss in the oil.
  6. Add water and stock bullion. Or you can use vegetable stock only.
  7. Season with salt and let it cook covered on low medium heat till broccoli is partially cooked. You will be able to cut the broccoli with a spatula.
  8. Add boiled pasta to the broccoli and combine.
  9. eason it with Ground Black pepper.
  10. Add little butter to make it smoother.
  11. Top it up with Parmesan Cheese.
  12. Serve it hot with Cheesy Garlic Bread on the side.
Notes
  1. You can skip butter and cheese altogether or use less.
Adapted from Laura Vitale
Adapted from Laura Vitale
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Comments

  1. Loved the freshness that the pasta has imbibed from not being drenched in the regular sauces, but from hearty greens and aromatics. It's a wonderful dish and can be incorporated into the menu everyday being devoid of the oodles of cream etc. I love how stunning it looks visually and how nutritious and delicious it is.

  2. Ohh thanks Piyali for such hearty words. I am elated that you liked this pasta devoid of being creamy. Not everyone likes pasta this way but this is my favourite guiltfree pasta 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and write a comment 🙂