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chili garlic broccoli pasta vegan

Vegan Broccoli and Chili Pasta

Healthy pasta with broccoli... with a kick!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 361 kcal


  • 130 g Dry Pasta I used penne
  • 300 g Broccoli florets about one big head, cleaned up
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 g Chopped Fresh Garlic
  • Chilli Flakes to taste
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste


  • Chop the broccoli into pieces the same size (or slightly bigger) than the pasta shape chosen, wash them thoroughly, and set aside. Note: Chopping vegetables to the same size as the pasta allows for the whole recipe to mix well and each bite can have a bit of everything.
  • On the stove put one big pot of water and bring it to the boil; once the water is boiling, add 1/2 tsp of salt and the pasta to it.
  • Check the cooking time of the pasta (penne are normally 10-12 minutes) and compare with the time to cook the broccoli (I like mine quite soft, so I boil them for 8 minutes); this means that after 4 minutes of the pasta being in the water I add the broccoli to it.
  • Once broccoli and pasta are ready, drain, and put back in the pot. Do not ‘’over-drain’’ the food… a tiny amount of cooking water (and I mean tiny) won’t hurt.
  • If you want to keep this recipe to one pot, you can leave the pasta and broccoli in the colander, alternatively you can use a frying pan… in any case, take your selected pan and add to it 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once the oil is warm (not too hot) add the chopped garlic and lower the flame to low; after about 1 minute (when you can no longer smell the rawness of the garlic) add the chili flakes to the pan, stir well and add the broccoli and pasta. Mix well and add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Divide into two plates and serve!!



This is a very easy, basic recipe, as I said before, and can be modified in so many ways as most broccoli recipes. 
To add some proteins and fats, who not add a bit of crumbled feta or parmesan cheese on top? The taste of either of these two salty kinds of cheese works very well with the sweet broccoli, chili, and garlic and this broccoli pasta recipe will reach other levels. 
This vegan pasta, can be turned into a vegan pasta salad in no time; if you are planning to eat this penne pasta salad cold, try adding some halved cherry tomato and sweetcorn, or some sundried tomato and olives. 
If you are very hungry and are cooking for yourself only, you can halve the amount of pasta in the recipe but still use a whole head of broccoli… this is very filling and still flavourful. Broccoli has only about 34 calories every 100 grams! Skinny pasta and simple broccoli recipes may be very easy to find, but this version will be also filling and tasty. 
If you are counting calories, remember to adjust them for any modification! 


Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 13gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 639mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 935IUVitamin C: 135mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
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