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One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Healthy & Delicious One-Pot Recipe

This One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta, is possibly one of the best-tasting pasta dishes I have ever tasted. It´s packed with flavors, super easy to make and done in a little over 30 minutes. But the best part? It´s made with simple ingredients and it´s all done using just one pan. Hello easy clean-up 🙂 .

One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta
Speaking of one pan, this pasta dish is a true one-pan pasta dish. This means the pasta get´s cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients. By using this technique, the starch from the pasta stays in the dish, giving the entire pasta dish the most incredible flavor.

One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta
What makes this creamy pasta dish healthier than other creamy pastas, is that I used Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. The secret? Make sure to add in the yogurt at room temperature. Otherwise, it will easily curdle.

One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe I used penne pasta, but you can use other pasta noodles. However, if they are thinner, you might need to add in less liquid and cut the cooking time. The penne pasta I used took 12-13 minutes to cook al dente, as stated on the package instructions of the pasta. So all the timings in the recipe below are made for penne pasta.

One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Healthy & Delicious One-Pot Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 841 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 3 cups broccoli florets 525 grams
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 595 ml
  • 2 cups penne pasta 200 grams
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt 125 grams
  • 1/4 cup finely grated manchego cheese 20 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add in 3 cups broccoli florets, mix with the olive oil and then place all the florets in a single layer, cook for 2 minutes per side without mixing, then remove the broccoli from the pan, set aside and season with sea salt & black pepper

  2. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive olive, along with 1/2 onion finely diced, 1 red bell pepper roughly chopped and 5 cloves garlic roughly chopped , mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth and turn up the heat to a high heat

  3. Once the broth comes to a boil, add in 2 cups penne paste and mix together, mix the the pasta every 2 to 3 minutes

  4. After 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the pasta, but there is still some broth left, add the broccoli back into the pan, place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium heat

  5. After 3 to 4 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the lid, let the pasta cool off for a couple minutes, then add in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt at room temperature into the pasta, season with black pepper and mix together until well mixed

  6. Finely grate some Manchego cheese over the pasta and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
One-Pan Creamy Broccoli Pasta | Healthy & Delicious One-Pot Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 841 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 1441mg63%
Potassium 964mg28%
Carbohydrates 108g36%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 3450IU69%
Vitamin C 202mg245%
Calcium 306mg31%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Diane

    5 stars
    Just made this for the first time and it is ridiculously good! Can’t wait until the family gets home to try it. Thank you for your wonderful recipe and video!

    21 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      22 . Feb . 2024
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  3. Loretta

    5 stars
    We loved it and will make this dish frequently! I am so glad I found you at the start of the pandemic. Watching your videos and cooking your recipes has made working from home much better!!!

    25 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      26 . Sep . 2021
  4. B

    5 stars
    This recipe was so so yummy!1 I’ll be making it frequently!1 The yogurt was such a great idea, thank you again for an amazing recipe!! Ps my partner and I love watching your videos. Keep it up!

    06 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      07 . Sep . 2021
  5. Asha Bonney

    3 stars
    I found the pasta too bland. So I added some chilli flakes. Here in India we like our food a lil spicy. It’s easy and comes together quickly. Thankyou for sharing

    31 . Aug . 2021
  6. Ralph Cardwell

    your recipes are so great, we are vegan but we simply adjust some ingredients so that many of your great recipes are vegan. thank you so much for sharing these.

    30 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      30 . Aug . 2021
  7. Gloria

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it was out of this world..!!!! I love all your recipes and they are delicious..!!!!! Thank you and God bless you..!????????

    29 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      30 . Aug . 2021
  8. Lois Stevens

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I appreciate recipes like this that are healthy, tasty, and visually appealing using simple ingredients that I usually have on hand. Bless you, Albert! I will give this a try soon! Your tips on how to adapt it for other types of pasta are very helpful! By the way, FYI to your other followers, the Manchego cheese that I buy in the deli section at Costco is phenomenal with incredible nutty flavor and beautiful texture, and you will find a big block of this Manchego in my cheese drawer at all times!

    27 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      When I lived in the states I used to buy Manchego at Costco! It was the best! Thanks for the comment Lois 🙂 much love!

      28 . Aug . 2021
  9. Stephen

    5 stars
    Once again, a fabulous recipe and the results were wonderful. As Manchego cheese is difficult to find where I live I used finely grated parmesan. I also added some cherry tomatoes which I cut in half to give it even more colour. I am wondering about using andouille sausage next time to give it even more flavour and perhaps a bit of a bite. Thank you for another wonderful recipe which perfectly fits my family of two!

    27 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      27 . Aug . 2021

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