Family pasta with broccoli and cauliflower

    25 min

    Many children, especially picky eaters, love pasta loaded with just plain butter. This great alternative adds fibre and protein by using beans (which most kids love) and vegetables, plus plenty of garlic so it's tasty enough for the adults! You might end up adding this recipe to your weekly rotation!

    10 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 340g penne or fusilli pasta
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 275g broccoli florets
    • 200g cauliflower florets
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 160ml low salt chicken or vegetable stock
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, cook garlic in oil in a large lidded pot over medium heat until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli and cauliflower and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, covered, for about 3 minutes. Add stock, butter, beans, black pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook until beans are warm and sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add pasta and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with cheese.

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    Reviews in English (11)


    Yummy! I added onion and heavy cream  -  09 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I added asparagus to the vegetable mix and used vegetable broth instead of chicken. I also cooked the vegetables with the garlic in olive oil in a frying pan. I used campanelle pasta and used two cans of cannelloni beans. I also used some 4s salt or season salt which gave a bit more kick. All in all it was a delicious meal and I will definitely be making it again. My entire family loved it.  -  26 Mar 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used chicken instead of cauliflower. It came out great. The whole family enjoyed it.  -  13 Aug 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)