Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo

This Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo comes together in less than 30 minutes and it’s got a delicious, creamy sauce that’s healthier than traditional fettuccine Alfredo!

Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo - Chickapea Pasta

We love quick, easy dinners with minimal clean up and Taylor from The Girl on Bloor has been busy creating the perfect weekday dinner for us!

Ahhh, pasta night. It’s seriously something I look forward to, and I wish I indulged in more often!  I absolutely LOVE pasta alfredo – it’s by far my FAVE sauce but I hate how it has the highest calories. I mean sure, dump in a bunch of cream and serve it up and of course it’s going to taste good!

But during the work week, that’s really not how I eat. I need to fuel my body to feel my best, and that ultimately helps me perform my best during the week. A whole bunch of pasta alfredo with no veggies or protein is not going to help me achieve a healthy balance.

Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo - Chickapea Pasta

So what’s a girl to do except make healthy alfredo sauce? And the best part is that I have adapted this recipe to be a one pot meal so dinner’s on the table in under 30 minutes!

Chickapea’s spirals turn this simple Alfredo sauce into something magical and boosts the nutritional benefits so you can enjoy pasta Alfredo guilt-free. And I added a bit of broccoli to add some green to this Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo – who can resist the colors in this dish?

Now let’s talk a little bit more about this healthier Alfredo sauce. It really is just as delicious as a regular Alfredo sauce, but you are basically slashing the calories in half so you can enjoy a lighter version along with the healthy gluten-free pasta.

You’ll take out the traditional cream found in most alfredo recipes and swap it with some chicken broth and 2% milk – you can use 1% as well but I prefer 2% because it’s a little bit creamier, and I already usually have some on hand in the fridge. Basically, just use whatever you have!

From there, you’ll be making the sauce in one pot first, then adding the pasta second. Why do we do this? Pasta of any kind, gluten-free or not, can get overcooked super easily. Chickapea Pasta cooks al dente to my preference in about 4-5 minutes, so I find letting it simmer along with the broccoli florets is enough time to get the pasta soft enough to eat, and it absorbs the sauce as opposed to absorbing water. More creamy, tasty Broccoli Pasta Alfredo for you!

I also like to use real parmesan cheese as opposed to skimping out on the cheap stuff because that is what takes the flavours up a notch and makes the healthy alfredo sauce creamy and delicious. A little bit goes a long way!
And if you don’t have broccoli on hand, feel free of course to add in some other veggies you have on hand, like spinach, zucchini or bell peppers. All fantastic options or additions!

Heathy One Pot Dinners - Chickapea Pasta

Will you be making this Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo?  Whether you’re prepping it for workweek lunches or just enjoying for dinner, you can rest easy knowing that it’s high in protein, and a super nutritious, wholesome version of pasta that you can enjoy guilt-free!

You can find more of Taylor’s recipes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook .  Thanks, Taylor, for a quick and easy dish that is sure to be delicious!

Some other Chickapea easy, 30 minutes recipes you’ll want to check out:

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5 from 5 votes
Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
This Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo comes together in less than 30 minutes and it’s got a delicious, creamy sauce that’s healthier than traditional fettuccine Alfredo!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 402 kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson | The Girl on Bloor
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta, spirals
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil and garlic to a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add in flour, whisking until a paste forms. Add in broth, milk, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Lower heat and bring to a simmer.

  2. Add parmesan cheese, whisking well to combine. Add Chickapea Pasta spirals and stir well to coat, letting simmer for 4-5 minutes or so until pasta is tender. Stir in broccoli and cook another 2 minutes until broccoli is tender and sauce is mostly absorbed.

  3. Serve with extra parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 739mg 31%
Potassium 639mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 7g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 23.1%
Vitamin C 170.5%
Calcium 37.3%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

One Pot - Healthy, Easy - 30 Minutes!

 

18 Comments
  • Sarah | Well and Full
    Posted at 07:52h, 26 January Reply

    I agree… real parmesan makes all the difference! This pasta looks jam-packed with flavor 🙂

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:30h, 26 January Reply

      Yup, real parmesan it is!

  • Izzy @ She Likes Food
    Posted at 22:54h, 25 January Reply

    This is one of the best 30 minute dinners I”ve seen in a while!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:31h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks Izzy! Taylor always creates yummy dishes with a healthy flare! Love it too!

  • Regina
    Posted at 20:30h, 25 January Reply

    I LOVE simple pasta dishes. And I love even more that with Chickapea pasta the protein is covered automatically 🙂

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:32h, 26 January Reply

      Isn’t that great! Just makes life easier cooking dinner every night. Quick and easy!

  • Jenn Peas and Crayons
    Posted at 19:59h, 25 January Reply

    Alfredo is one of my favorites and the fact that this delish dish is one pot and has oodles of broccoli in it – SOLD! Love it so!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:32h, 26 January Reply

      These are all of our favorite things… lalala! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    Posted at 19:00h, 25 January Reply

    I love Taylor’s delicious and quick recipes — this looks so creamy! Broccoli is such a great veggie for when you don’t have time to cook — I always love it in pasta!

  • marcie
    Posted at 18:54h, 25 January Reply

    Most alfredo sauces are too rich for me so this is perfect! Plus it has Chickapea Pasta…win-win!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:33h, 26 January Reply

      Totally agree Marcie – can’t wait to try this one on my kiddies!

  • Tania
    Posted at 16:22h, 25 January Reply

    I cannot this of a healthier and better looking dinner! YUM!

  • Mahy
    Posted at 14:13h, 25 January Reply

    Love every bite of this!! What a new family favorite this would be!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:34h, 26 January Reply

      I have a feeling you’re right on that one!

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 13:25h, 25 January Reply

    What a great one-pot dish! Love Chickapea and this recipe!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:34h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks Teri – this could be a staple from now on!

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