Broccoli & sage pasta

Broccoli & sage pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2

This healthy vegetarian pasta dish just needs to be thrown together and it's ready in a flash

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal419
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.03g
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  • 140g quick-cook spaghetti
  • 140g long-stem broccoli, trimmed and cut into 5cm lengths



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 shallots, sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp crushed chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 12 sage leaves, shredded



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Boil the spaghetti for 1 min. Add the broccoli and cook for 4 mins more.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and add the shallots and garlic. Gently cook for 5 mins until golden. Add the chillies and sage to the pan and gently cook for 2 mins. Drain the pasta, mix with the shallot mixture in the pan, then scatter with Parmesan, if you like.

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Naomi Sheppard
13th Aug, 2019
Very easy and tasty recipe - does need extra seasoning to taste. I'd recommend serving with garlic bread, as the portions are a little small on its own.
2nd Feb, 2013
Please STOP INCLUDING PARMESAN in vegetarian recipes. It contains the remains of slaughtered calves and is clearly therefore NOT suitable for vegetarians. It isn't acceptable to serve this to someone who doesn't eat animals and recipes like this can cause a lot of confusion. Try using a vintage cheddar or 'Vegetarian Pasta Cheese' instead.
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Isla Huxley
2nd May, 2019
vegetarian means avoiding meat but still eating dairy. vegan means avoiding dairy.
22nd May, 2020
Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal) and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter...
28th Nov, 2012
Nice and easy
28th Nov, 2012
Nice and easy
21st Apr, 2012
I've only recently started eating vegetarian options and I thought this was really tasty. I drizzled some good quality olive oil over before serving. It was cheap, quick, and easy so we'll be eating it again. I reversed the 2 steps in the cooking method however as I like both my pasta and broccoli with a bit of bite to it. It says to use quick cook pasta (mine had a cook time of 4mins) then advises to cook the pasta for approx 7-12 mins depending on how you interpret the instructions.
4th Jan, 2011
This was a nice vegetarian meal, though a little bland in taste..
25th Nov, 2010
Couldn't afford Parmesan so went for a proletarian option instead and used Cheddar. Also used extra olive oil. Liked the meal, so did my flatmates. Hooray.
25th Nov, 2010
Couldn't afford Parmesan so went for a proletarian option instead and used Cheddar. Also used extra olive oil. Liked the meal, so did my flatmates. Hooray.


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