Simple Broccoli & Parmesan Noodles

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This quick, frugal dinner is loaded with the good stuff – vegetables, pasta, chicken (or steak!) – and you can use 1 chicken breast to feed up to 6 people!

 

broccoli with noodles

 

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

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

Simple Broccoli Parmesan Noodles

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This quick, frugal dinner is loaded with the good stuff – vegetables, pasta, chicken (or steak!) – and you can use 1 chicken breast to feed up to 6 people!

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.

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.

Variation:

VEGETARIAN - Increase he 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. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

Please note: The actual calories and nutrition of this dish will change depending on what ingredients you use. Nutrition information is not always accurate.

 

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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