As I start to balance our evening meals between what we would normally eat, versus what I should feed a toddler, I've started to find an intersection. This roasted broccoli pasta is one of those landing spots (minus the nuts for him). You may look at me crazy about my toddler eating goat cheese (he does) but I love that I can easily minimize the salt in this recipe but still have good flavor, thanks to the roasted garlic. I roast a head of garlic weekly and store it in a bit of olive oil to use throughout the week. Beyond this pasta sauce, the roasted garlic is great on pizza, in other sauces, or added to hummus.Print
Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Goat Cheese Sauce
A hearty vegetarian pasta dish that uses an easy/creamy roasted garlic goat cheese sauce tossed with roasted broccoli and whole wheat pasta.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Main Course
- 1 head garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¾ pound broccoli
- 4 ounces whole wheat pasta
- ¼ cup crushed walnuts
Goat Cheese Sauce
- 4 ounces goat cheese (at room temperature)
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ½ cup grated vegetarian Parmesan
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Slice the top ¼” off a head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in parchment paper, and tie with cooking twine. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
- Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Toss with olive oil and roast until tender and charring, 25 to 30 minutes. Prepare the pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
- When the garlic is done, remove 5 to 6 cloves of the garlic. Combine the garlic cloves with the sauce ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth.
- When broccoli is done, combine with the pasta, walnuts, and sauce. Serve immediately- the pasta will soak up the sauce fairly quickly!
- Calories: 653
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 965.8
- Fat: 30.8
- Carbohydrates: 65.2
- Fiber: 5.3
- Protein: 36.8
- Cholesterol: 48.3
Step by Step
We eat quite a bit of pasta and I'm always looking for ways to mix things up. While you can't get this exact recipe to be vegan (although the vegan cheese on the market is getting better), there are a few good options.
Mascarpone Cheese: If you're not a goat cheese fan, pick up mascarpone cheese. It's creamy, makes for a wonderful pasta sauce, and doesn't have the goat flavor.
Vegan: while this sauce isn't as easy the goat cheese sauce, I love this lemon-almond pasta sauce. You could also do a cashew or sunflower cream sauce.
Cauliflower: replace the broccoli with roasted cauliflower.
When the weather cools, some of my favorite vegetables come back in season. Broccoli is just the beginning, but a great start. In general, I love roasting broccoli and it's a match made for pasta. Beyond this pasta dish, a few other ways that I enjoy roasted broccoli include:
Broccoli Soup with Ginger and Lemon
Roasted Broccoli Peanut Noodles
Broccoli Chickpea Bowls with Homemade Teriyaki
RHONDA @ CHANGE IN SECONDS says
Super tasty! Sadly, I bought the walnuts but forgot to put them in. It was still good without them.
This pasta sounds wonderful, and is definitely something I want to make. I'm always glad to hear when toddlers are willing to eat things like goat cheese. We have two grandsons who are incredibly picky eaters and two who are willing to try just about anything. The older of the two adventurous ones really likes a lot of stuff that most people would consider weird for an 8-year-old to like. Children who like different foods are a lot easier to deal with.
David Kmetz says
4 oz. will not serve "two large" in this house. Why cook 4 oz. of pasta? I will use a whole pound, eat at least half and save the rest for leftovers. For reference, I am tall but lean, 6'6" 210 lbs. Recipe looks great - thanks for posting!
Oh goodness, this recipe looks delicious! I'd love to make it today, but I don't think I'll get home until dinner time, so I won't have those 40 min to roast the garlic. Do you think it'd work well without roasting the garlic, by either tossing it with some olive oil and cooking it in a pan or simply adding garlic powder instead? Thanks for sharing!
Erin Alderson says
You could do either! I've also had success as thinly slicing the garlic and roasting in along side the broccoli.
This recipe was absolutely delicious! Thanks!