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Pasta Con Broccoli

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 package pasta shells — cooked al dente and drained
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 2 cups plant-based whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 head of fresh broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 oz of button or crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup vegan Parmesan cheese — grated
  • Salt and pepper — to taste
  • Garlic powder — to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook pasta al dente (i.e., pull about 3 minutes before package directions)
  2. While pasta is cooking, warm a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter. When the butter is almost done foaming* add shallot. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant—about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add mushrooms. Saute mushrooms until golden brown. About 7-8 minutes. 
  4. Add seasonings to taste.
  5. Add 1/2 white wine and deglaze pan. (Optional)
  6. When the wine has evaporated, add heavy whipping cream.
  7. Add tomato paste. Stir and mix well.
  8. Add parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. The mixture will thicken as it sits. 
  9. Taste for salt and pepper.
  10. When pasta is 4 minutes from being done, add broccoli and blanch for 1 minute. Remove 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and broccoli. (I use a spider to remove mine from the water).  
  11. Add pasta and broccoli to the sauce, return to medium heat, and cook for 3 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add 1/2 pasta water. If it’s okay, you do not need to use this water. 
  12. Add pasta to the bowl and garnish with additional parmesan cheese.
  13. Enjoy! 


*This indicates that all the water in the butter has evaporated, and the temperature can rise above the water’s boiling point of 212 degrees.  Shallots and mushrooms both contain a lot of water.  Removing water from the butter will help the shallots and mushrooms release their flavor and brown.


  • Serving Size: 4-6
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