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Pasta with Broccoli and Beans
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Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

An easy and healthy weeknight recipe for a delicious Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans. Lemon, parsley and red pepper flakes add oodles of flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 328kcal


  • 1 pound wholegrain spaghetti, broken into two-inch pieces and cooked according to package instructions until al dente.
  • 1 bulb of garlic, about 12 cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry navy beans or 3 cups canned. If you're using dry navy beans,cover with a couple of inches of water, bring to a boil, cover the pot, and let the beans simmer 1-2 hours or until tender.
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into slim florets
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Lots of ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 packed cup parsley, minced


  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the onions and garlic along with a good pinch of salt and some ground black pepper. Saute until the onions turn soft and translucent, about 8 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, stir in, and then add the broccoli florets.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, no more than five minutes or as long as it takes for the broccoli to turn just slightly tender. It should still have a good bite.
  • Add the pasta and beans to the saucepan along with some salt and more ground black pepper. Mix everything together. Add ½ cup of the pasta water to make a little sauce.
  • Add the parsley and lemon juice and stir to mix.
  • Serve hot.


Calories: 328kcal | Protein: 15.8g | Fiber: 7.9g