Pasta ai Broccoli {Pasta with Broccoli}

There is simply nothing like a big bowl of pasta. Carbs make me happy. Very happy. Even happier when I can feel better about eating them because they’re chock full of veggies ; ) Pasta ai Broccoli is well Pasta with Broccoli. Nothing complicated there. But it’s also full of tomatoes and herbs. And then we up the fun factor with this hot to trot pasta shape!

A while back, Pasta LENSI sent me this super fun pasta shape called GIGLI to try out. I had been saving it for a very special occasion and this dish was perfect to give it a test run. It’s artisan pasta that’s made in ITALY and it didn’t disappoint. If you don’t happen to be able to find this particular shape, any short cut pasta will work here.

This recipe also gave me the chance to use one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. It’s called a FOODPOD and although it looks somewhat odd, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it! I use it for broccoli, for boiling eggs, you name it! It contains what you’re boiling or steaming and drains it when you’re done! Supah cool! Of course if you don’t have one, you can just steam your broccoli in a sauce pan, no worries ; )

Although you’re using a few pans, this dish comes together fairly quickly. It’s not only bursting with color it’s bursting with flavor! It could easily work it’s way into your regular pasta rotation ; ) And since it is after all chock full of veggies, it’s completely okay!

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Pasta ai Broccoli {Pasta with Broccoli}

What you’ll need:
1 crown of fresh broccoli – trimmed with stems removed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf Italian parsley – roughly chopped
1 medium size onion – minced
14.5 ounces tomatoes – peeled and diced
1 bouillon cube
1 pound short cut  pasta
1/4 cup Grana Padano cheese – grated

What to do:
1. Into a deep sided sauce pan place approximately 1″ of water and season with salt. Bring water to a boil and add broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender. Drain and set aside to cool. When cool roughly chop broccoli.

2. WHILE broccoli is cooking, into a saute pan add: olive oil, parsley and onion. Cook over medium heat until mixture has softened. Once softened add tomatoes and sprinkle bouillon cube over entire mixture. Stir to combine. Cook over medium – low heat for approximately 15 minutes. One mixture is cooked. Add roughly chopped broccoli and stir to combine.

3. WHILE sauce is cooking place a large pot of seasoned water onto boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta {reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid in case needed}

4. Toss pasta with sauce mixture and garnish with Grana Padano!

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    love your photos! This looks light, healthy and delicious.

  2. 2

    Sigh. This makes me so happy. I love funky, cute pasta shapes – it jazzes up the meal! And I love your Foodpod. I have one of those “As Seen On TV” Chef’s Baskets. DH got it for me for Christmas because my jaw was on the floor when I first saw the commercial. He saw it at Walgreens and couldn’t resist. 😉

  3. 3

    I love the look of that pasta! This dish looks so fresh and healthy – and quick (I need quick recipes in my life).

  4. 4

    Carbs make me very very happy too, and so does broccoli! This is my kind dish 😉

  5. 5

    Yum! That looks so delicious! That is such a fun pasta shape! I have never seen that, I will have to keep my eyes open for it!

  6. 6

    Thanks for trying our Pasta Lensi Gigli shaped pasta. You did a wonderful job with it and have a true talent for photography. I’m sure the dish looks as good as it tastes.
    For those interested, Pasta Lens is sold in Ingles Supermarkets in the SE, and Price Chopper in the NE US. Find more at our website at or check us out on facebook where we get interesting posts from our friends at the factory in Italy! (hope you speak Italian, lol)

  7. 7

    Looks delicious. I’d add some black olives to it.
    Happy eating 😉

  8. 8

    Carbs make me happy too. 🙂 Ok, not only does this sound and look delicious, but HELLO MAMA! That first picture is STUNNING. One of my favorite pictures you’ve ever taken. And that’s saying something!

  9. 9

    I’m a big fan of balancing out tons o’ carbs with lots o’ veggies! Can’t wait to make this one!! 🙂

  10. 10

    Simple and delicious!

  11. 11

    That’s the coolest looking pasta!

  12. 12

    I have a very old cookbook that belonged to my Mother. One of those compilations from women in a church group. Though I’ve had the book forever, I only make two things from it (I know you can identify); my favorite recipe for zucchini bread and a dish they call pasta con broccoli. A bit different from yours with the addition of sauteed mushrooms but obviously in the same spirit. I give it credit for helping me realize that pasta does not have to have red sauce and meat…and it’s morphed many times into pasta con zucchini or pasta con whatever veggie I have on hand!

  13. 13

    That looks so good, and so simple! I can’t think of much anything better after a long day at the office than this, either!

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    Laura /

    Yum, and I love your pics!

    What a fun shape…I’ll have to look for Pasta Lensi.

  15. 15

    Love the shape of your pasta! This is one of my favorite dishes, your photo makes me want to eat it today!

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    Sarina /

    Paula….I just made this recipe tonight for dinner and it was excellent. Couldn’t find the Lensi pasta, but made it with penne and it was great. This is definately a keeper.

  17. 17

    This dish looks so amazing I have so much broccoli in my refrigerator right now!


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