Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe – The Perfect GREEN Pasta Dish

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My friend Andrea created this quick and easy Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe, which is a pasta dish that her mother made for her growing up. Her mom called it “green spaghetti”. It’s basically an “Aglio E Olio”, which is olive oil, garlic, parsley, pasta, and Parmesan. Andrea’s mom added broccoli, so that’s the way Andrea has always made it too!

This Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe is a healthy meal that you can have on the table in about 30 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, you can get the onion and broccoli cooked and ready to go. If you want to add some protein to the dish, you can sauté some chicken in with the onion. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through before adding the garlic. If you like your meals a little spicier, you could add in some crushed red pepper.

Some other tasty additions to this recipe would be sautéed peppers, mushrooms, or even some beans for added protein. If we added beans, we would probably use cannellini as they are great in pasta dishes.

Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe Process
 

Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe

 
Ingredients

3 cups cooked elbow noodles
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
2 cups cooked broccoli florets
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, drain, and reserve 3 cups. You’ll also want to reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining. We used the large elbow macaroni, cooked the whole box, and saved the rest for another meal.

Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When the butter is melted, turn the heat down to medium, add the onion, and sauté for 4 – 5 minutes or until translucent.

Add the garlic, and cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful not to let this burn.

Roughly chop the broccoli florets, add them to the pan, and toss to combine.

Turn the heat down to low, and add the pasta. Toss to combine adding a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese at a time. Be sure to thoroughly toss the pasta in between each addition of Parmesan cheese. If necessary, add a little of the pasta water to loosen it up, as needed.

Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking before serving.

Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe

Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe – The Perfect GREEN Pasta Dish

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked elbow noodles
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, drain, and reserve 3 cups. You’ll also want to reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining. We used the large elbow macaroni, cooked the whole box, and saved the rest for another meal.
  2. Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. When the butter is melted, turn the heat down to medium, add the onion, and sauté for 4 – 5 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add the garlic, and cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful not to let this burn.
  5. Roughly chop the broccoli florets, add them to the pan, and toss to combine.
  6. Turn the heat down to low, and add the pasta. Toss to combine adding a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese at a time. Be sure to thoroughly toss the pasta in between each addition of Parmesan cheese. If necessary, add a little of the pasta water to loosen it up, as needed.
  7. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking before serving.
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Comments

  1. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    This recipe looks so delicious and a good one to make over the coming weekend. I like how healthy and easy it is to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. cmoore247@yahoo.com' Christina Moore says:

    I love this recipe, I will have to try for dinner

  3. I’m a huge fan of broccoli with pasta! This looks so good.

  4. rememberkim@verizon.net' Kim Croisant says:

    Perfect for St Patties day for sure. I love broccoli and could eat it everyday.

  5. This looks so good, you alway do the best recipes. I’m going to try that this month.

  6. This looks so good and relatively healthy too. Definitely would be fun for St. Patrick’s day with the green from the broccoli.

  7. I usually add peas into my mac and cheese, but I will have to try broccoli next time!

  8. This looks so good!! I am always looking for new vegetarian recipes, this is one I would not have thought of before.

  9. jenniferherman75@gmail.com' Jennifer H. says:

    I want to try this out!

  10. This is my kind of recipe. You could also add spinach, peas, or kale.

  11. versatileer@gmail.com' Jerry Marquardt says:

    I really would love to try out this Broccoli Parmesan Macaroni Recipe. I think that this will be the perfect Pasta Dish.

  12. Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.

  13. I really like what you guys are regularly up too.

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