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Broccoli Bowtie Pasta

A family friendly healthy and flavorful meal with pasta, broccoli and pine nuts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 -6


  • 1 lb bowtie pasta also known as Farfalle
  • 1 head broccoli chopped in florets and steamed (use a steamer, steamer bag or boiled until slightly tender)
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 t red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Before draining the pasta, scoop out 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  • Drain cooked pasta and set aside.
  • Heat butter and 1 T olive oil in a large skillet. Once melted, add the pine nuts. Stir the pine nuts until golden in color. This does not take long, around 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and steamed broccoli. Add the optional red pepper flakes at this time. Stir for a minute.
  • Add the cooked pasta. Stir the ingredients in the skillet, and start adding the reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time. You are not making a sauce, but you want to prevent the pasta from being too dry.
  • Add the salt & pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Put the pasta and broccoli mixture into individual serving bowls. Drizzle each with olive oil and topped with parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy!


Optional: Add cooked and sliced chicken breast.