Simple Broccoli & Parmesan Noodles

 This quick, frugal dinner is loaded with vegetables, pasta, and chicken. I also share simple variations that make it Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, or Vegetarian. BONUS: You can use 1 chicken breast to feed 6 people! From CheapskateCook.com

 

I grew up with this dish. When my friend’s mom first served it, I was extremely reluctant to eat so much broccoli. However, her kids tucked in enthusiastically. Surely I could trust them – even if they also thought Red Delicious Apples were the bomb*.

They were right. This dinner is loaded with good stuff – vegetables, pasta, chicken (or leftover steak!), and just a touch of butter and Parmesan cheese. This dish is an easy, quick meal fix, and it’s incredibly frugal – you can use one chicken breast to feed 6 people. WIN.

It’s also easy to adapt to food allergies like dairy and gluten (see recipe notes below).

When I asked her for the recipe as an adult, my friend’s mom didn’t give any measurements. It’s more of a basic guideline that she adjusts to accommodate whatever ingredients they have. I encourage you to do the same.

*They are not. Gala, fuji, granny smith, honey crisp, pink lady, and basically every other apple is better.

 

Here's a snapshot of the grain-free version!
Here’s a snapshot of the grain-free version!

 

This quick, frugal dinner is loaded with vegetables, pasta, and chicken. I also share simple variations that make it Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, or Vegetarian. BONUS: You can use 1 chicken breast to feed 6 people! From CheapskateCook.com
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Simple Broccoli Parmesan Noodles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Serves 4-6. Ingredient amounts can be easily adjusted to fit your tastes.
Servings: 4
Author: Steph Jenkins
Ingredients
  • 3/4 lb. spaghetti noodles (other kinds of pasta work too!)
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 4 tbsp butter (or to taste)
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, boil 8 cups of water. 

  2. Sprinkle boiling water with salt and add noodles. Allow water to come to a boil again and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. While pasta is cooking, steam broccoli (HINT: Sometimes I toss it in with the pasta. This doesn't yield consistent results for the pasta or broccoli... but it's easy and uses less dishes.)

  4. When pasta is done, strain in a colander over the sink. Return pasta to pot, and stir in broccoli, chicken, and the rest of the ingredients, adjusting amounts to taste.

  5. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes
  • CHICKEN - This is a perfect way to use the easy Make Ahead Chicken That Goes with Everything. You can also use leftover rotisserie chicken, Thanksgiving turkey, or steak. 
  • VEGETABLES - Don't feel limited to broccoli. That's my favorite, but I also use other frozen or fresh vegetables, like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, peas, spinach, grape tomatoes, and peppers.
  • SEASONING - I personally prefer this recipe with a couple teaspoons of Simple Greek Seasoning instead of the thyme and basil.

Variations

VEGETARIAN - Increase the amount of vegetables and leave out the meat.

GLUTEN-FREE - Replace spaghetti with any kind of gluten-free pasta.

GRAIN­-FREE - Replace spaghetti with sautéed zucchini noodles or roasted spaghetti squash (I prefer zucchini). 

DAIRY-FREE - Sprinkle generously with Easy Greek Seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil.  Optional: add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a vegan, cheesy flavor. 

 

 

 

This quick, frugal dinner is loaded with vegetables, pasta, and chicken. I also share simple variations that make it Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, or Vegetarian. BONUS: You can use 1 chicken breast to feed 6 people! From CheapskateCook.com



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