Simple one pot pastas are where it's at. This broccoli and white bean one pot pasta takes just a handful of store cupboard ingredients to make a delicious weeknight dinner.
Have you made many one pot pastas? I discovered them a few years ago when they went BIG on the internet which I think kicked off because of this recipe from Martha Stewart. Since then you've seen all kinds of variations around the internet and I'm really excited to add this version to the list.
I've made a couple of chicken one pot pastas over the years (see here and here) but I really like this simple vegetarian one because it's made from ingredients that you're pretty likely to already have on hand. You could even switch the fresh broccoli for frozen so that you can always have the ingredients in your kitchen for a rainy day.
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I'm so excited. We're going to Montenegro which is supposed to be beautiful and it's going to be sunny and warm and just all round excellent. Plenty of chilling with my number one guy, I can't wait.
I'm thinking I'll do a couple of round up travel posts once I get back. There's a serious lack of information online about Montenegro tourism so I'm hoping someone out there might find my updates useful! Watch this space 🤗
So, onto this broccoli and white bean one pot pasta.
I was a bit meh about the idea of beans and pasta together before I tried it. I wasn't sure the textures would work but turns out I was wrong. Really wrong. It just makes your dinner even heartier and more delicious.
I used cannellini beans but you could use any other white beans you have on hand. They really help to bulk up the meal and of course add extra protein and all that good stuff.
Ingredients you need to make this broccoli and white bean one pot pasta:
- Olive Oil
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Thyme
- Smoked Paprika
- Vegetable Stock
- Cannellini Beans
Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this broccoli and white bean one pot pasta...
Also broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables. I like soggy broccoli, ok, I admit it. It's the best way to eat it in my opinion, less chewing, more broccoli flavour. Just yum.
But I get that most people like their vegetables with a bit of bite so it's really up to you at what point you add the broccoli to get it to its required doneness. I obviously put it in at the earliest opportunity and let it get nice and overcooked 🙈
So any good one pot pasta, like any good meal pretty much ever, kicks off with onion, garlic, herbs and spices. Get them fried up and fragrant as hell and then it's just a case of stirring through your stock, passata, beans, broccoli and pasta.
10 minutes later you've got your one pot pasta ready to go. Just enough time for you to tidy up so that there's zero mess left other than the pot your pasta is in. Can you tell that the amount of clean up required is pretty vital in my decision making over whether I'm attempting a recipe on a weeknight?
So one of my favourite things about this dish is that tomatoey sauce. You might be worried that there's a little too much liquid when you first put everything together but the starch from the pasta helps to thicken the sauce perfectly and it coats all the ingredients in the most yummy way.
Once the pasta is cooked then you just serve up big steaming bowls of broccoli and white bean one pot pasta and top with plenty of grated parmesan. SO GOOD.
Can I make one pot pasta in a pressure cooker or instant pot?
Definitely! In fact, I've done it several times. Just follow the method used here to and adjust the liquid quantities so that the liquid reaches the minimum line on your pressure cooker or instant pot and covers the pasta.
Get all my yummy pasta recipes right here.
WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS BROCCOLI & WHITE BEAN ONE POT PASTA?
If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!
Broccoli and White Bean One Pot Pasta
- ½ tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Onion chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Pinch Smoked Paprika
- 400 g Pasta
- 250 g Passata (Tomato Paste)
- 750 ml Vegetable Stock
- 400 g Broccoli cut into florets
- 1 400g tin Cannellini Beans drained
- Parmesan to serve
- Add the oil to a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the garlic, thyme, oregano, paprika and salt. Cook for another minute.
- Add the pasta, passata (tomato paste) and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and cook for 10-12 minutes. Add the broccoli and beans 4 minutes before the end of cooking. Serve topped with grated parmesan.
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