Creamy Black Pepper Broccoli Pasta

"This is a creamy broccoli pasta seasoned generously with freshly-ground black pepper. Fast, easy and rich in taste. It might look plain but there are sooo many good flavors hiding in this dish. Black peppercorn cream cheese, garlic, a splash olive oil and chili flakes, all tiny flavor bombs. And broccoli, to make us feel good about ourselves. And best of all, it’s ready in 15 minutes. Casual and easy to love. What makes this creamy broccoli sauce different is the black pepper. We add black pepper and then, when you think that should be enough, we add some more."
-- @anna_s_table
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 2

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  • 2 1/2 cups pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package black peppercorn cheese, like Boursin
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed


  • Step 1

    In a large pot bring salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets, bring the water back to a boil and cook for two minutes. Do not drain the water, transfer the broccoli with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Bring the same water back to a boil, add pasta and boil until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  • Step 2

    In a large blender or a food processor, blend together broccoli, black peppercorn cream cheese, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, chili flakes and Parmesan until smooth. Slowly pour in 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water until a creamy sauce forms. If sauce is too thick, add more pasta water one tablespoon at a time. Add 1 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper. Give it a taste and add more salt, if needed.

  • Step 3

    Toss hot pasta with the sauce until completely coated. Top with extra Parmesan and chili flakes. Sprinkle some more black pepper on each serving, if desired. Enjoy!

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