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Whole-Family Pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Whole-Family Pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower


"Many children, especially picky eaters, love pasta loaded with plain butter--a dish that clearly earns low marks on the health scale. This great alternative adds fiber and protein with beans, which kids actually love!"
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25 m servings 387 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Calories:
  • 387 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.2g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 395 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook garlic in oil in a large lidded pot over medium heat until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli and cauliflower and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook, covered, 3 minutes. Add broth, butter, beans, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook until beans are warm and sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add pasta and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with cheese.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For added fiber, choose a whole-grain or whole-wheat pasta.
  • Tip
  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

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  1. 10 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Yummy! I added onion and heavy cream

Most helpful critical review

It didn't have enough sauce. Too dry. Won't make it again.

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Yummy! I added onion and heavy cream

I added asparagus to the vegetable mix and used vegetable broth instead of chicken. I also cooked the vegetables with the garlic in olive oil in a frying pan. I used campanelle pasta and used tw...

It didn't have enough sauce. Too dry. Won't make it again.

I will definitely make it again!

Made this recipe as is and LOVED it! I was surprised because I thought it would be bland, but it really wasn't. My toddler ate it (well, not so much the broccoli :-D) and my husband said he woul...

It's was quite bland and I added chicken and Cajun seasons and more salt.

I wasn't crazy about this - I thought it was bland. It could have used some additional seasoning - maybe lemon pepper? I also added about a cup of additional broth so it wasn't too dry. On the b...

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