This bowtie pasta and broccoli recipe is what you need for a budget friendly dinner. The fewer ingredients you need, the fewer ingredients you have to buy, and that helps keep your grocery bill low. Read on this post of Apronese to see how to make this dish.

Can I Use Any Shape Pasta?

Yes, you can use any shaped pasta for this dish. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever pasta you have on hand. I usually have all these ingredients on hand and it only takes minutes to throw together.

Side view of a bowl full of bowties and broccoli

Bowtie Pasta and Broccoli Recipe

This super simple dinner is ready in minutes and will keep you full for hours.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 5 mins / Cook Time: 10 mins / Total Time: 15 mins

Servings: 6


  • 12 oz. pasta ($1.00)
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli florets ($1.69)
  • 3 tbsp butter ($0.30)
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.31)
  • Salt to taste ($0.05)
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste ($0.10)
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper (optional) ($0.05)


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Boil until the pasta is al dente (7-10 minutes). Add the frozen broccoli florets to the boiling pasta water, turn off the heat, and let sit for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.
  • Transfer the pasta and broccoli back to the pot (with the heat off) or to a bowl and add the butter. Toss until the butter has melted and coated everything. Add the Parmesan, salt, freshly cracked pepper, and red pepper flakes, then toss to coat again. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 serving ・ Calories: 294.78 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 47.47 g ・ Protein: 10.88 g ・ Fat: 7.35 g ・ Sodium: 250.55 mg ・ Fiber: 4.5 g

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How to Make Bowtie Pasta and Broccoli – Step-by-step Photos

Bowties and Broccoli Ingredients side by side
This is all I need for about six servings (not all the butter, Parm, and pepper were used for six servings).

nutrition label on package of bowties
If you’re making one serving at a time, you can either estimate 1/6th of the bag of pasta, or check the back to see if it gives a volume of dry pasta for the serving size.

The measurement will change depending on the shape of the pasta, but for this bowtie shape, 1/6th of the bag is roughly 3/4 cup. So that helps me keep serving sizes in check.

Pasta and broccoli in a sauce pot full of water
Step 1: First, bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Boil the pasta just until it’s tender (7-10 minutes).

Once tender, add the frozen broccoli (estimate an equal volume to the pasta) directly to the pot and turn off the heat.

Let it sit for a minute or two, or just until the broccoli is slightly tender, but has a bit of crunch left and is still bright green.

If you prefer your broccoli a lot softer, you can leave the heat on for a minute or so and let it continue to boil.

Pasta and broccoli in a colander
Step 2: Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.

Butter added to hot pasta and broccoli in the bowl
Step 3: Transfer the drained pasta and broccoli to a bowl, or back to the cooking pot (with the heat off).

Add 1/2 tbsp butter for each serving you’re preparing, then toss until the butter melts and coats everything.

Parmesan, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper added to the bowl
Step 4: Once everything is coated in melted butter, sprinkle 1/2 tbsp grated Parmesan for each serving, plus salt and pepper to taste, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (if desired).

Step 5: Toss briefly again so that everything is coated in Parmesan, salt, and pepper.

Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Then serve!

You can try these other quick pasta recipes:

  • Ranch Broccoli Pasta
  • Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta
  • Pasta with Bacon and Peas
  • Simple Portobello Pasta

You can make a quick and full dinner within a few minutes with this bowtie pasta and broccoli recipe. It’s flexible so you can use any shape of pasta. Follow Apronese for more updates!