Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quick Broccoli Pasta Salad

Posted by 3 years ago 11 Comments

I’m in desperate need of a good grocery shopping. The past two weekends I’ve been out of town and it’s thrown my whole schedule out of whack.

I have no fresh vegetables in the house, the few fruits in my basket are quickly approaching overripeness and my fridge is pretty much empty besides milk and eggs.

Time to hit the pantry stock!

Thankfully I had a London broil and a bag of broccoli in the freezer. Unfortunately, no potatoes, so I decided to make a quick pasta salad with the broccoli.

Quick Broccoli Pasta Salad It was a hit! Well, sort of. I ended up making it a little too spicy for the kids. Both ate it without complaint but when they hit a red pepper flake, you should have seen their faces! Priceless. I wish I snapped a photo.

The Husband actually asked for seconds and said he liked the bit of heat the pepper flakes added. I did, too.

Here’s what I did…

  • 4oz whole wheat rotini, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (28g)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (I used the jarred stuff)
  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (20g)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz bag of frozen broccoli florets

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package.

While waiting for the water to boil, whisk the oil, garlic, cheese and pepper flakes together in a large bowl.

Whisk olive oil

Once the pasta is done, ad the frozen broccoli and remove from heat.

Let it sit just for a minute.

Broccoli in pasta pot.

Broccoli in pasta pot

Drain the pasta and broccoli and add it to the bowl with the oil.

Top with the Parmesan cheese.

Top with parmesan cheese

Top with parmesan cheese

Toss well.

Finished Broccoli Pasta Salad

Finished Broccoli Pasta Salad

Chill for about an hour.

I served it alongside the London broil. It made such a great meal we have NO leftovers!

My Dinner Plate Tonight!

My Dinner Plate Tonight!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 Just over a cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
215 9g 5g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 2g 25g 9g

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    April 24, 2013

    That looks really good, Roni! I love throwing in frozen veg at the very end of the pasta cooking time. Cooks the veg perfectly without it getting overdone and mushy. Reply

    Home Delivery

    April 25, 2013

    That looks relly nice and salads are very good for health also.I love the recipe. Reply


    April 25, 2013

    Sometimes the best meals come unexpectedly! I don't know how many times I've "thrown" something together and it's great. This sounds wonderful....we like a bit of a bite as well : ) Reply

    Roy Montgomery

    April 26, 2013

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    April 26, 2013

    Love my brocolli. Try to stay away from too much pasta though. This does sound like a delicious dish to try every once in a while :) Reply

    Sam S

    April 27, 2013

    Recipe looks great and so easy and quick to prepare. Thanks for posting it. Reply

    Suzanne Harmon

    April 27, 2013

    Pasta and brocolli best mix up ever or what? Keep posting your recipes, I love them! Reply


    May 3, 2013

    I, too, travel from time to time and come home to the same fridge and lack of fresh items. But I always have a stocked pantry and freezer. This recipe sounds great for these times. Thanks! Reply

    Jane C

    May 6, 2013

    That looks awesome and perfect for a side dish on tonights dinner. I happen to have those ingredients on hand except for I have fresh brocolli so I guess I'll have to tweak a bit for that. Thanks for the recipe! Reply


    May 8, 2013

    Never ever thought about doing Brocolli in a pasta, didn't think it went but after seeing this I think it looks delish :) going to try it out this evening. Reply


    May 17, 2013

    Broccolli salad is darn tasty Reply