$1.71 RECIPE / $0.43 SERVING
Pasta with broccoli, butter, and Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite no-brainer quick-fix meals (aka Bowties and Broccoli).
Ranch Broccoli Pasta is quick and easy to make, and it’s packed with creamy, tangy, herby ranch flavor! But, as I learned this week, putting a little ranch seasoning mix on top definitely kicks it up a notch!
WHAT RANCH SEASONING SHOULD I USE?
I used half of a batch of my homemade ranch seasoning, but you could also use a store-bought ranch spice blend.
This recipe requires 1.5 tablespoons of ranch seasoning or around 12 packets of store-bought ranch spice. Of course, if you like, you can always add additional seasoning!
ANY PASTA CAN BE USED
Another reason I like this quick-fix supper is that you can use any form of pasta you have on hand.
So, if you’re like me and rarely cook an entire pound of pasta at once, this is a terrific way to use up odds and ends of boxes of spaghetti that may be lurking in your pantry.
CAN I ADD ANYTHING ELSE?
This recipe, as usual, is a terrific starting point for a variety of creative adaptations. Here are some additional ingredients you may use to kick up the flavor of this simple meal:
- Diced grilled chicken
- Grated Parmesan
- Grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
RANCH BROCCOLI PASTA
- 8 oz. pasta (any shape) ($0.50)
- 1/2 lb. frozen broccoli florets ($0.72)
- 2 Tbsp. butter ($0.20)
- 1.5 Tbsp. ranch seasoning ($0.27)
- 1/8 tsp salt (or to taste) ($0.01)
- 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper ($0.01)
- To make the pasta, bring a big pot of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until it is soft (about 7-10 minutes).
- Add the frozen broccoli florets to the boiling water with the pasta when it’s just soft, and let it sit for approximately a minute. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a strainer, reserving 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water.
- Turn off the stove and add the drained pasta and broccoli to the saucepan. Stir in the butter and ranch seasoning until the butter has melted and the spice is evenly distributed. If the pasta starts to dry out while stirring, a splash of the leftover pasta water can be added.
- Season the spaghetti to taste with salt and pepper. Warm it up before serving.
- Serving: 1.5 cups
- Calories: 296 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 49 g
- Protein: 9 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Sodium: 567 mg
- Fiber: 3 g
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING RANCH BROCCOLI PASTA
- For the pasta, boil a large pot of water. Once the water has reached a boil, add the pasta and cook until cooked (7-10 minutes). During the last minute of cooking, add the frozen broccoli florets. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander, keeping a 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water aside.
- Return the strained pasta and broccoli to the saucepan with 2 tablespoons butter and around 1.5 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix (heat turned off). Stir until the butter has melted and the butter and seasoning have been evenly distributed. Add a drop of the conserved pasta water if the spaghetti becomes dry while stirring.
- Season the spaghetti to your desire with salt and pepper. Warm it up before serving. So easy to make, and so tasty. 🙂