Broccoli Cream Pasta with Griddled Summer Vegetables

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I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. This has become such a favourite, not least for it’s versatility.

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The sauce can also be served as a soup, as it is or thinned with stock, water or non-dairy milk. It also makes a delicious dip for crudites, breadsticks, tortilla chips or just about anything dip-able. Serve it warm as a cosy appetizer or chilled for a summer barbeque  or picnic spread.

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Of course, it is a wonderful pasta sauce, coating each piece of pasta gloriously with its luxurious creaminess. Just as a pasta alone, it is incredibly variable – add various vegetables, herbs or protein to the dish.

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It is pictured here both as it’s basic form, the sauce, with grilled asparagus, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms and also with red pepper, parsley and grilled tofu that had been marinated in the sauce!

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Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 400g/4 cups broccoli, chopped into florets and the stalk diced
  • 125g/1/2 cup vegan sour cream or yoghurt
  • 200ml/3/4 cup+1tbsp unsweetened almond milk or other non dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp vegan spread or olive oil (optional)
  • 200g/1 1/2 cups asparagus, woody ends snapped off, cut into 5cm/2″ pieces
  • 150g/1 1/4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 150g/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 400g/4 cups dry penne pasta

Method:

  1. Steam or boil the broccoli in salted water until very tender but not mushy (between 7-10 minutes), drain really well, reserving the cooking water.
  2. Bring the broccoli water (if broccoli boiled) back to a boil in a large pot, adding more fresh water if necessary. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the broccoli, sour cream or yoghurt, a pinch of salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, gradually adding the milk to get a creamy sauce consistency. Taste and add seasonings to taste.
  4. Heat the oil or margarine (if using) in a griddle pan, cast iron or on a grill rack. Add the asparagus, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and cook until a bit coloured, yet still crunchy.
  5. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and vegetables.

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Nutritional Benefits

Low in sodium
High in riboflavin
High in thiamin
Very high in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C
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48 Responses to Broccoli Cream Pasta with Griddled Summer Vegetables

  1. delialah says:

    Nooooot fair! I’m so hungry right now looking at this picture! Broccoli and Pasta my everytime favourites! ❤

  2. glyn50 says:

    What you’ve done with the tofu looks fabulous!

  3. That looks so delicious! I love my pasta creamy (I do not have a liking for dry pastas!) and cheezy! I wonder if raw nuts will be a good alternative to vegan sour cream or yoghurt. Grilled tofu is a great addition and for texture. 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      I’m with you on dry pastas! Raw nuts sounds like a great idea, let me know if you try it! Apart from being delicious and adding great texture, I find the tofu keeps me fuller than just pasta alone, makes it really hearty! 😀

  4. The Vegan Green says:

    Divine, and kitty thinks so too!!! 🙂

  5. Just something about creamy pasta…sigh…

  6. kunstkitchen says:

    Reblogged this on Kunstkitchen's Blog and commented:
    Now this looks appetizing!

  7. sophiazerg says:

    Oh wow – so creamy! Looks delicious, and kitty is adorable. He deserves a noodle for posing so nicely next to that beautiful dish! 🙂

  8. Ally says:

    Hello kitty. 🙂
    Looks delicious!

  9. laurasmess says:

    Oh man! Poppy, you’ve outdone yourself again. This looks DIVINE. I love how creamy the sauce is, despite being vegan. Great nutritional content too!! xx

  10. Looks fabulous! Definitely going to make this. Thank you Poppy!

  11. nbliz says:

    gorgeous! looks super yummy 🙂 will have to give it a try!

  12. I just ate supper and yet after seeing this post I’m hungry again – lol!

  13. This really looks yummy, Poppy! I really am drooling. 😛

  14. lucylox says:

    Sounds delish 🙂

  15. This looks incredible. Your blog layout is so clean & intriguing. Happy SITS day!

  16. My mouth is literally watering! So nice to meet you from SITS!

  17. shashimcharles says:

    Congrats on being the SITS featured blogger for today Aug 8th!
    I love food blogs and yours has some delectable recipes!

  18. Prateeksha says:

    I am gonna try this soon…..very nice recipe !!

  19. Happy SITS day! 🙂 Looks yummy…my hubby would love this!

  20. Debbie says:

    This dish delicious! I am not vegan but would love to start experimenting..will try this!!

  21. dishofdailylife says:

    Happy SITS Day! This looks absolutely amazing – I am definitely trying this! And pinning too!

  22. Hi Poppy this looks yum! I will have to try this. I have never used vegan yogurt or sour cream before. What brand do you recommend?

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Zoe! That depends where in the world you are? Are you in the US? I am in the UK but I hear So Delicious brand and WholeSoy are popular brands in the US and Tofutti sour supreme for the sour cream which is the same as what I use here and tastes great. I hope that helps! 😀

      • Thanks for the list Poppy, I am currently living in the US, so I guess brands would be different although, the wild and fresh in the uk would hold similar brands to whole foods here. I am still getting to know the brands and with the no GMO labels at the moment I am always soo careful especially with the soy. I think I have seen the so delicious brand so will check it out. If I manage to find all the ingredients, I will be sure to show you my final product. Fingers crossed. Thanks again. Looking forward to your next post

      • Poppy says:

        Fab, good luck! I hope you manage to find everything and give it a shot! I’d love to see it if you do! 😀

  23. Leslie says:

    Oh my goodness that sounds absolutely amazing! Hope you’re having a fantastic SITS Day!

  24. Wow! That looks so good! Yum!

  25. Your blog is amazing! Thanks for following mine. I just followed you back! 🙂

  26. This looks delicious! My boyfriend is vegan and your blog is perfect for us. At first I saw your pictures and thought it’d be too hard for me, but you break it down so well. Thanks!

    • Poppy says:

      I’m so pleased you have found some cooking inspiration for you and your boyfriend here! My recipes are never hard, I like big impact, interesting food for the least time and effort! I hope you guys enjoy it!! 😀

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