Rigatoni With Broccoli And Parmesan

Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round! 

Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round!

You folks loved my recent low fat tagliatelle carbonara so I thought I’d keep to that winning pasta theme of using low fat crème fraîche for the sauce and bring you my tasty rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan recipe today.

This is another one of the easiest healthy pasta dishes that I love to make for Lady Lynne and I. It’s so quick and simple, using just a few ingredients and all created on the stovetop with minimal dishes too.

If there’s one thing I can’t stand that’s the thought of spending ages in the kitchen getting a meal together when I’ve spent the whole day in meetings at work. I just want something comforting, easy and healthy, and this recipe certainly hits that spot!

Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round!

The more eagle eyed of you folks who are regular blog followers might see in the photographs that I’ve used white pasta as opposed to my usual whole wheat pasta. Normally I’ll use whole wheat pasta as it’s healthier and better for you, being an unrefined carbohydrate made from whole grains. Unfortunately I just wasn’t able to get whole wheat pasta at the time.

You see at the time when I was photographying this recipe, a number of weeks ago, we were being pelted by “The Beast from the East” and due to those extreme weather conditions a lot of supplies of basic food stuffs were difficult to obtain so I had to make do with what I could get!

Actually the whole “Beast from the East” thing was completely mad as all our public transport here in Scotland went off and bread and milk completely ran out or became rationed!

Still, there was one advantage of using the white rigatoni pasta though, in that this rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan recipe took less time to make as the white pasta cooks quicker than whole wheat!

Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round!

Some Tips For Perfect Rigatoni With Broccoli And Parmesan

  • Whilst it might seem a good idea to cook the pasta and the broccoli in the same pan, if the pasta takes longer to cook, especially if you use whole wheat pasta, the broccoli could end up all mushy and tasteless. That’s why you need to do those seperately, in two pans.
  • Keep a small amount of the pasta water in the pasta pot instead of draining it all out. This will stop the pasta from drying out and also help to make the creamy sauce.
  • It’s possible to freeze any leftovers you might have but re-heat in a saucepan with a little boiled water rather than in a microwave which will dry it out.

Rigatoni With Broccoli And Parmesan Recipe

I like to serve my rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan with a few spoonfuls of sweetcorn which compliments the dish with a delicious sweet crunch. Of course it’s perfectly delicious on its own too!

I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe if you like it! 🙂

5 from 2 votes
Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round!
Rigatoni with Broccoli and Parmesan
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 556 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 300 g dried rigatoni
  • 200 g broccoli cut into small florets
  • 70 g Pine Nuts
  • 200 ml low fat crème fraiche
  • 60 g Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp flatleaf parsley chopped
  • Freshly grated salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the rigatoni according to package directions, drain and return to the pot.
  2. Whilst the pasta is cooking place the broccoli in a large pan of boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. Then drain and add broccoli to the other pot with the drained pasta.
  3. Gently heat the pot with the pasta and broccoli and stir in the pine nuts and crème fraiche. When it starts to bubble turn down to simmer stirring frequently for about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in the parmesan and parsley and season to taste.
  5. Serve in warmed pasta bowls.

Nutrition Facts
Rigatoni with Broccoli and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.8g 38%
Saturated Fat 9.1g 46%
Monounsaturated Fat 7.5g
Cholesterol 37.6mg 13%
Sodium 430.1mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 67.1g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10.3g 41%
Sugars 6.1g
Protein 23.4g 47%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 77%
Calcium 31%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round! 

If you enjoyed this rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan recipe then why not try one of my other popular budget pasta recipes like the Chicken Broccoli Stilton Pasta Bake or Tuna Macaroni Bake?

Coming on Thursday I’ve got a brilliant new vegetarian Quorn pizza recipe, just in time for the weekend! So, I hope you can join me then for that recipe!

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Rigatoni with broccoli and parmesan is a delicious and easy quick healthy pasta meal which serves 4 and is on the table in literally 20 minutes. With a low fat creamy cheese sauce made from crème fraîche this simple family dinner is guaranteed to be a winner all round! 

Comments

  1. Pasta is totally one of our go-to meals when we don’t have any leftovers around…and I love rigatoni! The broccoli and parmesan here sound like my kind of meal! Also, I totally get stores running out of food thanks to these winter storms. I like to call it the BMW rush. Bread, milk, water. Because apparently that’s all you need when a storm is coming. Except now I’m adding pasta to that list! BMWP!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank goodness the shops here didn’t run out of pasta completely David or I wouldn’t have been able to do this recipe at all! Ha ha!

  2. I love how you made this. Pasta with a green vegetable is also so good, and certainly feels healthier than a ragu! I’ve only made pasta with zucchini and Brussels sprouts. I need to make this – love the pine nut addition!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m glad you like this Mimi, thank you. I think this recipe would work perfectly by substituting the broccoli with either zucchini or Brussels sprouts. Also I added the pine nuts as I felt the dish needed a little bit of a “crunch” so it didn’t feel like every other pasta with vegetables recipe. 😉

  3. What a lovely pasta with the addition of broccoli! My absolute favorite. I like how quick and easy this recipe sounds plus those tips for perfect rigatoni, Amazing! Thank you.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Neha, that’s exactly what I aim for and wanted to hear. That you love how this is a “quick and easy” recipe. 🙂

  4. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    So I googled this “Beast from the East”, and the pictures are so beautiful (regardless the treacherous conditions). And this pasta is a perfect meal for (so called) spring – for winter versions I prefer more earthy flavors and for summer even lighter). Well done!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You’re right Ben. There were some stunning images from around the time “The Beast From The East” was affecting us here.

      I can’t remember the last time I had to walk to work down the middle of a main road because there was so much snow on all the paths that you couldn’t walk on them! ;lol:

      Yep, this is a perfect spring pasta. And yes I’d say “so called” spring at the moment because it’s still freezing here too!

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