One-Pot Broccoli Cheese Pasta

one pot creamy broccoli cheese pasta
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

We love an easy one-pot dinner for the simplicity and the cleanup. This creamy pasta is kind of the grown-up version of mac & cheese, but even easier and better. The broccoli is in no way hidden, but it's still a great way to sneak in an extra serving of greens and even the pickiest of eaters will eat their vegetables if they are coated in cheese. Throw everything together and have yourself a no-fuss, delicious meal. 

Have you made this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below! 

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Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 35 mins
Ingredients
1 tbsp.

extra-virgin olive oil

1

small yellow onion, chopped

2

cloves garlic, minced

1 lb.

fusilli

1

medium head broccoli, cut into small florets

4 c.

water

2 c.

half and half

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

2 c.

shredded cheddar

1/2 c.

freshly grated Parmesan

Directions
  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  2. Add pasta and broccoli, and stir in water and half and half. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Let boil until pasta is al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cheeses and stir until melted.
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS
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