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4 Ingredient Pasta with Broccoli and Feta

This healthy 4 Ingredient Pasta with Broccoli and Feta is a simple pasta dish made in minutes. Healthy, satisfying, and delicious.

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Consider swapping regular cavatappi pasta for whole wheat or pasta made with chickpeas. It triples the fiber and doubles the protein in this simple dish.

If you don’t have cavatappi pasta on hand, any short pasta, like penne, will do.

What to Love About 4 Ingredient Pasta

Everyone should have a quick, simple pasta recipe in their back pocket. Here’s what I love about this one:

  • Cavatappi pasta generally cooks in about 6 minutes, making this quick and easy meal.
  • Delicious warm for supper or cold, drizzled with olive oil for pasta salad.
  • Simple, pantry ingredients.
  • Fresh broccoli — it just happens to be one of my favorite veggies.
  • Adding salami, prosciutto or bacon brings tremendous flavor.

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Simple Ingredients for a 4 Ingredient Pasta

Gather these simple pantry ingredients for one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make.

  • 16 ounces cavatappi pasta (regular, chickpea, or whole wheat)
  • 8 ounces feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 large heads of broccoli florets, cooked (about 4 to 5 cups)
  • red pepper flakes for garnish

How to Make This 4 Ingredient Pasta

  1. In a large Dutch Oven, cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.
  2. Return the drained pasta to the Dutch oven and add Feta cheese and lemon juice. Stir until the cheese melts and coats the pasta, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to make a thin sauce.
  3. Gently stir in cooked broccoli. Season to taste with generous salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired for added heat and flavor.

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4 Ingredient Pasta Recipe with Broccoli and Feta

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This healthy 4 Ingredient Pasta with Broccoli and Feta is a simple pasta dish made in minutes. Healthy, satisfying, and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cavatappi pasta (regular, chickpea, or whole wheat)
  • 8 ounces feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 large heads of broccoli florets, cooked (about 4 cups)
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch Oven, cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.
  2. A quick and easy way to cook the broccoli is to add the florets to the pasta during its last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time.
  3. Return the drained pasta to the Dutch oven and add Feta cheese and lemon juice. Stir until the cheese melts and coats the pasta, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to make a thin sauce.
  4. Gently stir in cooked broccoli. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired for added heat and flavor.

Notes

Broccoli

  • I like to add fresh broccoli florets to the pasta during the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time. It saves a pot, and it's a quick and easy way to cook broccoli.

Adding Protein:

  • Salami, sliced thinly, prosciutto, or crumbled cooked bacon is a delicious addition to this simple pasta dish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

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