Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Croutons

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This simple pasta dish featuring crunchy croutons, broccoli, and a light garlic sauce is ready in just 30 minutes.


  • ½ baguette, cubed (3 cups)

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), plus more for serving

  • Salt and pepper

  • ¾ pound medium pasta shells

  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets, stalks peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together bread, 1 tablespoon oil, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden and toasted, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 2 minutes less than package instructions; add broccoli and cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain.

  3. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil and garlic to pot and cook until garlic is fragrant and lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add pasta mixture; toss to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta. To serve, sprinkle with croutons, lemon zest, and additional Parmesan if desired.

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