I’ll take a tasty meal…No dishes please!: Pasta with Broccoli

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved to watch my mother cook and bake. And as I got older, I guess you can say that I’ve followed in her footsteps. I love cooking tasty meals and even more, I developed a love baking to the point that I would whip something together at least every other day at one time. Well, that was before I had kids, a routine and the need to plop myself down on the couch to rest my brain by 8:00PM.

It’s not that I’ve lost the love for cooking, I just had to start minimizing the amount of time I take doing it – and the time it takes to clean up. So, over the last little while, I’ve searched for some one pot or quick prep recipes to help me save time and keep me sane. And yes, I will be sharing some of them with you!

This week, I give you one of my family’s favourites, pasta with broccoli. To many, any recipe containing broccoli does not sound appealing at all, but I guarantee that this one (courtesy of my mother!) will have you adding it to your weekly meal plans!

So, here it is…

Mama Rosa’s Pasta Broccoli

What you will need:

Broccoli (fresh or frozen)

Pasta (penne, rigatoni or fusilli work best)


Olive oil

Crushed garlic

Grated parmesan cheese


1.If you are using fresh broccoli, cut it into small florets, wash and set aside.

2.In a large pot begin to boil water for the pasta. Use the directions on the box according to how many portions you would like to make.

3. Once the water is boiling, add your broccoli and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Without removing the broccoli from the pot, add the pasta and the desired amount of salt for taste. Continue to let it cook until the pasta is ready. (About 10-12 min for al dente and 15-20 min for softer pasta).

5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and place the pasta and the broccoli back into the pot.

6. Drizzle olive oil (to taste) over the pasta, add about 1tsp of crushed garlic and parmesan cheese (to taste).

7. Mix it all together and enjoy! 🙂 Oh, and for a little more cheesy flavour add some more parmesan cheese on top of your dish.

And there you go! All you have to do is throw your dishes into the dishwasher and wash the pot when you’re done! Don’t you love that?!

Until next time… 🙂

-MP xo

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