one pot creamy broccoli pasta

One pot creamy broccoli pasta

May 3, 2022 11 Comments

This incredibly delicious one pot creamy broccoli pasta is the perfect, no fuss weekday dinner.

One pot creamy broccoli pasta

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy week day dinner this one pot creamy broccoli pasta is it!

I’m not kidding when I tell you that this recipe is guaranteed to secure a permanent spot in your dinner time rotation.

one pot creamy broccoli pasta

The flavors of the cream sauce along with the broccoli and pasta are absolutely incredible together.

Also, it’s all made in one pot. No need to boil the pasta separately for this one.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

creamy broccoli pasta in the pot

This one pot creamy broccoli pasta is a recipe that my family requests often and I’m more then happy to make or for them.

It’s so easy to make and is finished in no time, too.

Quick, easy, delicious AND I only have one pot to clean once it’s all over.

creamy broccoli pasta in the serving bowl

You just can’t go wrong with this one.

I know if you give this recipe a try you’re going to absolutely love it, too.

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Do I have to use fresh broccoli?

No, you don’t have to use fresh broccoli for this recipe.

Frozen broccoli works here, too.

chopped broccoli florets

Just add the frozen broccoli into the sauce a minute or two earlier then I suggested using the fresh.

Give it a little extra time to thaw.

What pasta should I use for this?

I truly believe there’s no right or wrong answer here. Even though there’s a “right” pasta for every dish technically.

creamy broccoli pasta getting mixed in the pot

I love shells for this recipe because I feel like it really holds onto the cream sauce and broccoli very well.

Use your favorite pasta is or whatever you have in your pantry that needs to be used.

Can I use fresh parmesan cheese?

Absolutely you can!

Ive made this one pot creamy broccoli pasta using fresh parmesan cheese before and it’s incredible.

parmesan cheese added to pasta

To be honest, fresh parmesan cheese is expansive and the stuff in the container tastes just fine to me.

If you’d like to swap out the “shaker” parmesan for the fresh stuff, be my guest and enjoy.

One pot creamy broccoli pasta ingredients

creamy broccoli pasta ingredients
  • Pasta shells
  • Butter
  • Onion, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Head of broccoli, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese


In a large pot, melt the butter over medium high heat and add the diced onion. Let the onion cook for about a minute.

butter and chopped onion in a pot

Then add the garlic and sauté until the onion is soft.

garlic added to chopped onion and butter

Now add the chicken broth.

chicken broth being added to the pot

Next add the heavy cream.

heavy cream getting added to the pot

Then season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

salt, pepper and garlic powder getting added to the chicken broth and heavy cream

Bring the liquid up to a boil and add pasta.

adding the pasta shells to the pot

Lid the pot and cook the pasta over medium high heat for 5 minutes.

lidded pot with the pasta

Now add the chopped broccoli florets and stir them in.

chopped broccoli getting added to the pot

Lid the pot and cook the pasta and broccoli together for another 4 minutes.

pasta and broccoli lidded in the pot

Now remove the lid and add the Parmesan cheese. Stir that it into the pasta.

parmesan cheese added to the pot

Finally add the lid back on and turn the heat off. Allow the sauce to thicken for about 2/3 minutes.

pasta pot getting lidded

Reseason the pasta with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

reasoning the pasta with salt, pepper and garlic powder

Give it one more big stir to combine everything together.

pasta and broccoli getting mixed together

Serve warm and enjoy.

finished and plated creamy broccoli pasta

One pot creamy broccoli pasta recipe video:

One Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

This incredibly delicious one pot creamy broccoli pasta is the perfect no fuss weekday dinner
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: creamy broccoli pasta, one pot creamy broccoli pasta, one pot pasta


  • large pot


  • 1 box Shells (medium pasta shells)
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs Garlic Powder


  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and saute for 1 minute
  • Now add the garlic and continue to saute until the onion is soft (about 2-3 more minutes)
  • Then add the chicken broth and heavy cream. Season with salt, pepper and half of the garlic powder.
  • Bring the liquid up to a boil and add the whole box of shells. Lid the pot and boil the pasta over medium high heat for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, cut the broccoli florets into small pieces. Try to cut them into relatively same size pieces to they cook evenly.
  • When the 5 minutes is up, add the broccoli to the pot and lid it again for another 4 minutes
  • Add the parmesan cheese and reasason the pasta with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir everything together well.
  • Turn the heat off and redid the pot for another 2 minutes to let the same thicken up
  • Transfer the pasta to a serving platter and serve warm. Enjoy!
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous May 3, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    You are seriously amazing 💜

  • Anonymous May 6, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Got really excited about this but it was short lived when chicken broth and parmesan cheese was used. Being a veggie, I’d have to make lots of changes just to make this work which is fine, but gutting as the picture makes it look like a veggie friendly meal.

    • Al Dente Diva May 6, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      I’m sorry if you got that impression from the photo that it was vegetarian. Swap out the chicken broth for veggie and use vegetarian Parmesan and you’re all set.

  • Kristi Penney May 31, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    This is the second recipe this week on our menu from your website (I found you from tik tok) and let me tell you my family is in love with your food!!!! I am so glad I found and followed you!!! The beef meximelts set the tone for the week and this meal was out of the park!!! Only problem is what’s next!!!

    • Al Dente Diva May 31, 2022 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Kristi. This was so nice to read. I really appreciate you trying the food and I’m so glad you like it! I hope to keep putting out new stuff for you to try 💜

  • Anonymous June 1, 2022 at 2:23 am

    I also discovered you via Tik Tok! I can’t wait to try ALL your recipes! Can you confirm what size box of noodles you used? I need to convert it to cups lol!!

    • Al Dente Diva June 1, 2022 at 3:04 pm

      Hi! Thanks for finding me on my site. I appreciate it!! Whatever the standard box of pasta is. I believe it’s 16 ounces. I hope you like the recipes 💜

  • Jessica October 3, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I am excited to try this! If I add chicken, in your opinion when is the best time to add it?

    • Al Dente Diva October 7, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      Hi! You can mix it right into the Alfredo sauce at the end. I bet it’s amazing!!

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