One-Pot Broccoli Pasta

December 13, 2021


I love finding people on Instagram to follow.  I've been following Babs from @brunchwithbabs for a while now.  Babs is popular on Instagram and is a mom of four and grandmother of eight, who loves sharing her recipes and wisdom.  Some of you might remember when I shared this post about Babs back in April.  If you like easy recipes and tips, I recommend you follow Babs on Instagram at @brunchwithbabs.

Over the summer Babs had a Bootcamp where she shared some of her food shopping lists, recipes, and tips.  

When I saw this recipe for One-Pot Broccoli Pasta and I knew I wanted to try it.  I usually make broccoli rabe with pasta for dinner as it's a family favorite.  This method that Babs shares for making broccoli pasta is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

My husband and I liked this pasta dish and I'd love to share the recipe with you.   

You can see below the broccoli and pasta cooking in one pot.  I've never done this before and I always cooked them separately.  Cooking both in one pot saves time and is so easy to cook this way.  

The pasta is all cooked and ready to eat.



1 pound penne pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
8 cups broccoli florets
juice of 1/2 lemon (or more, to taste)
1/2 cup Romano cheese


Boil a large pot of water.  When it comes to a boil add two tablespoons of salt.  Add the pasta and the broccoli and cook for 9 minutes, until al dente.

Before straining, reserve one cup of pasta water.  Strain pasta and broccoli.

With the empty pot on medium heat, add in 2 tablespoons olive oil and the minced garlic and stir until fragrant.  Re-add pasta and broccoli, stir.  Add the rest of the olive oil and reserved pasta water.

Add 1/2 cup Romano cheese and mix.  Top with lemon juice and combine.  Ready!

NOTE:  For the pasta:  I used Trader Joe's Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta.  


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  1. Sounds pretty yummy. Happy New Week. xoxo

  2. That does sound so easy and so delicious too! Pinned.

    1. Thanks Joanne, this is an easy and delicious tasting pasta dish.

  3. Julie,
    It looks so good...I just wish that i could eat broccoli...Thanks so much for stopping by!! I appreciate your kind words!!

  4. I'm going to pin this - looks easy and delicious! I may have to start following Babs.

  5. Hi Julie! Oh I just followed @brunchwithbabs. Thank you for sharing the easy recipe. I have the spaghetti brown rice & quinoa from TJ's. I'll use it up with what vegetables I have within this week. Have a wonderful day! Ping xo

    1. You will like @brunchwithbabs Ping. She has a lot of easy and delicious tasting recipes. I hope you like this recipe Ping!

  6. Just up my street this is the kind of food I like quick and easy, thank you for the recipe Julie. xx

  7. I'm all for easy and delicious! Very smart!

  8. Sounds like a nice, easy lunch:@)

  9. Hi Julie, looks like an easy recipe to put together. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week.

  10. Looks like a great dish. Julie. I’m not on IG, so I appreciate you sharing this.

  11. Hope you have a wonderful third week of Advent!

  12. This sounds so good Julie! I will check Babs out on Instagram. Thank you!

  13. Thanks Julie! I always love your one pot meals.

  14. Looks delicious...will be trying it soon !

  15. Thank you for sharing Julie. I make something similar to this, but I also add some corn.

  16. This looks delicious and easy! I love the addition of lemon! Have a great weekend!

  17. I have never cooked the pasta and broccoli together before and it makes so much sense to do it that way! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

  18. Craving for pasta now! This sounds like a good recipe to try. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  19. This is a great one pot dish, looks really good! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 567 and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  20. I love broccoli (having some tonight) and TJ's pasta. Thanks for sharing at the FWF link party.

    I'm looking forward to another year of delish foodie inspiration when the FWF party starts up again this Friday, January 7th.
    Hope to see you there!
    Happy New Year!