Monday, March 12, 2012

Simple Parmesan Penne with Broccoli

This meal is entirely too simple to taste as good as it does. 

One pot. Veggies and whole wheat pasta together in a simple parmesan herb sauce.

It’s filling all by itself, but would accompany a delicious piece of grilled chicken too.

Simple Parmesan Penne with Broccoli – Finding Joy in My Kitchen


  • 8oz whole wheat penne pasta
  • 14 oz. fresh or frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced {fresh or dried}
  • 1/8 C half and half
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Bring pasta to a boil in a large stockpot, following the directions on the package.  During the last five minutes of cooking, toss in the broccoli.  When broccoli is tender and pasta is done to your liking, drain. 

Place the pasta back in the stockpot.  Pour in the 1/8 C half and half, along with the parsley and garlic.  Stir to coat the pasta and broccoli with the spices and creamy  mixture. 

Pour in the Parmesan cheese, and again, stir to coat. 

Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 



  1. This looks wonderful! I hope to try it next week. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My mom made a very similar recipe growing up- but instead of half and half, she used butter. DELISH!

  3. Oh I love one pot meals! This looks great!

  4. This is perfect. Too many of my dishes get too complex. This is my idea of a lighter meal that still has plenty of flavor.

  5. This looks great for an easy, healthy quick dinner!

  6. This looks like a tasty, healthy, quick dinner. I'm going to have to try it!

  7. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! Thank you for the recipe!


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