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Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe

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Penne Pasta with broccoli, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, and oil cooked in one pan and topped with cheese for an easy healthy pasta recipe.

I love the simplicity of quick, vegetarian pasta dishes like this, 10-minute spaghetti, healthy pesto pasta with broccoli, and even a cold healthy pasta salad!

Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe

Broccoli Pasta Recipe

This penne pasta recipe with broccoli is my-go-to 20-minute dinner for kids when my fridge is empty and they won’t eat my quinoa skillet. It’s affordable, quick, healthy, and versatile – use any firm veggies you have on hand/your kids like. Frozen vegetables work too.

Oddly enough my kids love broccoli, not overcooked. Cauliflower, carrots, and snap peas are great options as well. You could also add grape tomatoes, peas and corn, why not?!

I love to make pasta dishes when I’m wanting to use up veggies and proteins I have in my fridge and know that the entire family will be satisfied. If I’m not serving this broccoli pasta, then I’m serving healthy mac n’ cheese, Tuscan chicken pasta, ground turkey and broccoli pasta, penne with olives, tomato and goat cheese, or one of my many other healthy pasta recipes!

If you’re a broccoli lover, you’ll probably also love this healthy beef and broccoli, broccoli cheese soup, crustless broccoli quiche, or even a broccoli quinoa salad.

Broccoli and Penne Pasta garnished with parsley

I added only 3/4 cup cheese, just enough to make the dish creamy and cheesy. Dried and fresh herbs, tomato sauce and good quality pasta take care of the rest. This dish was creamy and delicious.

How to Make Broccoli and Penne Pasta

how to make Broccoli and Penne Pasta step by step

Sauce consists of onion, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and tomato sauce. Pasta cooks right in the skillet. That’s right, just add water. If it gets too thick the next day, add more boiled water. I always have it in my kettle.

how to make Broccoli and Penne Pasta step by step

Isn’t it beautiful?! After pasta is cooked, add your vegetables of choice and cheese. We like cooked but still crunchy broccoli but you can increase cooking time for softer vegetables. Serve with a simple side like garlic bread, leafy green salad or Italian chopped salad.

This penne with broccoli makes plenty with leftovers to be taken for lunch the next day or frozen. Super simple, isn’t it?!how to make Broccoli and Penne Pasta step by step

Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe

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Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe

Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe {One Pot!}

Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe with fresh broccoli, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, and a splash of balsamic is cooked in one pan and topped with cheese for an easy healthy pasta recipe. Your whole family will love this one pot penne pasta that is ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!
4.87 from 30 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce low sodium
  • 4 cups veggie or chicken stock low sodium
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rosemary fresh or dried
  • 1/2 tsp thyme dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • Pinch of hot pepper flakes
  • 3 cups penne pasta uncooked
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup 3 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parsley/basil finely chopped


  • Preheat large deep skillet on medium heat and add olive oil, onion and garlic. Saute until translucent, stirring occasionally.
    Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe
  • Add tomato sauce, stock, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and stir again.
    Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli, cover and cook for 3 minutes for crispy broccoli and 5 - 6 minutes for softer vegetables.
    Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe
  • Turn off heat, add cheese and stir until melted.
    Broccoli and Penne Pasta Recipe
  • Garnish with parsley or basil and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days.


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    Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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