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One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe with Cheddar Cheese

One pot broccoli pasta – a quick, flavorful dish where tender orzo pasta and fresh broccoli cook together in a creamy, cheesy sauce.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

I love a good one-pot meal! We make a lot of them when we are camping, but these kinds of meals are a great way to save prep time and clean-up for an easy weeknight dinner at home too. Most importantly, one-pot meals are so easy to make!

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The recipe I am sharing with you today is a great example of just how simple a one-pot meal can be. This creamy broccoli pasta recipe is loaded with tender broccoli, carrots, and tons of cheese.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

It also uses simple ingredients to create a delicious meal that the whole family is going to love. Let’s get started!

Prep: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total: 25 mins

Yield: 4-6 servings

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe:

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup diced red onion or sweet onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2-2 cups chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Add butter to a pan over medium heat.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Process

2. Add carrots, onion, and orzo.

3. Mix well, then add in the seasonings.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Process

4. Cook for 1-2 mins (until fragrant) then add the broccoli.

5. Once everything is coated in seasonings and butter, add the chicken broth.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Process

6. Cook for 9-10 mins more, or until the pasta is al dente.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Process

7. Add heavy cream and cheese.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Process

8. Cook for an additional 4-6 mins until creamy.

One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Variations:

  • Use olive oil in place of the butter.
  • A sprinkling of red pepper flakes would give this dish a little kick.
  • Throw in a little bit of lemon juice or lemon zest.
  • Whole milk or half and half could be used in place of the heavy cream, but that may effect the final product.
  • Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  • If you want to use regular pasta, such as pasta shells or elbow macaroni, you will need to make some adjustments because of the size difference compared to orzo. One option is for you to partially cook the pasta in a separate pot before adding it to the rest of your ingredients. Alternately, you could increase the total amount of chicken broth and adjust the cooking time.
  • Replace the broccoli with your family’s favorite veggie. Or simply include it along with the broccoli. I think zucchini or cherry tomatoes would be great additions.
  • Add in some parmesan cheese or cream cheese with, or instead of, the cheddar.
  • Top with your favorite fresh herbs.
  • Add in some extra protein. Try diced chicken, meatballs, or even a can of tuna.
One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Tips and Tricks:

  • Save time by using frozen vegetables in your cooking. In this case, frozen broccoli and diced onions could easily be substituted for their fresh counterparts.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

The next time you are looking for a quick and easy meal idea, try today’s one-pot creamy broccoli pasta recipe. You won’t be disappointed! While you’re at it, give this lemon chicken orzo pasta a go too.

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One Pot Broccoli Pasta Recipe

One Pot Broccoli Pasta

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

One pot broccoli pasta - a quick, flavorful dish where tender orzo pasta and fresh broccoli cook together in a creamy, cheesy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup diced red onion or sweet onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2-2 cups chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Add butter to a pan over medium heat.

2. Add carrots, onion, and orzo.

3. Mix well, then add in the seasonings.

4. Cook for 1-2 mins (until fragrant) then add the broccoli.

5. Once everything is coated in seasonings and butter, add the chicken broth.

6. Cook for 9-10 mins more, or until the pasta is al dente.

7. Add heavy cream and cheese.

8. Cook for an additional 4-6 mins until creamy

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 823mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 12g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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