Broccoli Pasta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Believe it or not, the star behind this 5-ingredient supper is overcooked broccoli! We over-steam it here to give the broccoli a delicate and creamy texture, making it perfect for mashing, mixing with pasta water and tossing with pasta.



  1. Set up a steamer basket in a 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water to come up to the bottom of the basket. Bring the water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets to the basket, cover and cook until the broccoli is soft and nearly falling apart but still holds its shape, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons butter and gently toss; season with salt and pepper, then mash.
  3. Cook the spaghetti according to label directions, then reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the garlic in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the olive oil for 30 seconds. Add the mashed broccoli, the Parmesan and half of the reserved cooking water. Cook, stirring, until saucy. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with the spaghetti, adding more cooking water as needed.