Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
29 Mins
Total Time
29 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

Instead of adding broccoli florets to the pasta, a double serving is incorporated into the creamy sauce. Heat the broccoli and sear the chicken while the pasta cooking water comes to a boil. The leaner dairy components create a creamy taste without all the added calories and fat or a typical broccoli and cheddar pasta dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

Heat broccoli according to package directions; cool slightly. Combine stock, milk, and flour in a bowl. Place broccoli and stock mixture in a blender; blend until smooth.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broccoli mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in cheese. Top with green onions.

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Ratings & Reviews

August 29, 2016
Can't wait to try this one!

Good recipe but needs additional seasoning

September 22, 2016
Good recipe and fairly easy to make but it could have used some extra seasoning.  The blended broccoli and milk (I used whole milk)/broth mixture made it nice and creamy but not too soupy.   Will likely make this again--my husband liked it--but will add some seasoning.

Very, very bland.

September 08, 2016
I made this exactly as the recipe stated and my family found it extremely bland.  I ended up putting some crushed red pepper in to "spice" it up a little and that helped but I will not be making it again.  It's a great concept putting the broccoli in the sauce and we are a broccoli-loving family but it just missed the boat completely. 


September 01, 2016
Really easy and so good for a weeknight meal. When I picked this recipe for my weekly meal plan, I didn't realize the broccoli was pureed in the sauce. Loved it! I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen.


August 23, 2016
I loved this recipe! I didn't alter the recipe at all & it turned out delicious. My husband went back for seconds - which always means the recipe is a keeper. He said he would have gone back for thirds if he wasn't so full. We will be making this dish on a regular basis!