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3-Ingredient Healthy Broccoli Alfredo (Dairy-Free, Vegan)

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If you’ve got a bag of frozen broccoli, I’ve got your new favorite dinner recipe right here.

This healthy Broccoli Alfredo pasta will blow your mind with only 3 ingredients. It’s creamy AF, so you might be wondering: where’s the cream, Liz?? Where the freaking dairy??? But there is NONE. Nay, this sauce gets its creamy touch from blending quick-sautéed broccoli with pasta water. With some garlic for flavor and optional lemon to add a bit of acid, it becomes smooth and silky and magical. This healthy Broccoli Alfredo MIGHT be the most delicious way to stuff your face with cruciferous vegetables.⁣

3-ingredient healthy dairy-free broccoli alfredo

How is this dairy-free Broccoli Alfredo so creamy?

Get ready to get your mind blown! Pasta water is an amazing Italian secret to super creamy sauces with a positively luxurious texture.

Packed with starch from the pasta and salt, pasta water makes anything it’s added to thicker and creamier. In most Italian recipes, it’s tossed with the final sauce and pasta to bring everything together, but here, it’s actually blended with broccoli and smashed garlic to make a creamy “alfredo,” no dairy necessary. It is so simple but it is seriously a game-changer, especially when you might be low on ingredients but hungry for quick and easy dinner.

Is pasta a healthy dinner option?

I’m not a fan of leaving anything out of a balanced, healthy diet (deprivation isn’t fun or sustainable). Instead, I prefer to amp up the amount of vegetables in any dish—the more produce, the better. This quick and easy recipe utilizes two of my favorite ingredients: broccoli and garlic:

  • BroccoliBroccoli is a great source good source of fiber and protein and contains a million other healthy ingredients like magnesium and B vitamins (including folic acid!). Because it’s a cruciferous vegetable (like Brussels sprouts or kale), it also contains sulfuric compounds that can help fight cancer and inflammation.
  • Garlic—Ahhhhhh GARLIC. Garlic adds a ton of delicious flavor to a dish, but it also contains allicin, a compound that’s super supportive of immune health, which is obviously more important now than ever.

Enjoy, and tag me if you make it on Instagram (@lizmoody)—I can’t wait to see!

You will probably be on a pasta kick after this. So make sure to check out my Sun-dried Tomato Protein Pesto Pasta and my Spring Basil Dairy-free Alfredo Pasta!

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3-ingredient healthy and dairy-free broccoli alfredo pasta

3-Ingredient Healthy Broccoli Alfredo (Dairy-Free!)


  • Author: Liz Moody

Ingredients

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  • One bag of frozen broccoli florets OR one head of chopped broccoli
  • 34 smashed garlic cloves
  • 4 servings of pasta (pick your favorite!)
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Fine grain sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional, but adds brightness)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (optional, but adds creaminess and protein)

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water with a generous palmful of salt to a boil. 
  2. In a skillet, warm a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the broccoli, smashed garlic cloves and a generous sprinkle of salt. Cook until broccoli is bright green and cooked through.
  4. Cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain, reserving the pasta water.
  5. Blend the broccoli (you can pluck out a few first if you want live broccoli bits in your pasta!) and garlic with enough pasta water (I used 1/4 cup!) to get your desired texture. Blend in the lemon juice and the hemp hearts, if using.
  6. Add more salt to taste, toss with pasta, and enjoy! 

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  1. Erin says:

    Amazing!!! Made this for my husband and 4 and 6 year old and the gobbled it up!!! Thank you

    1. Liz Moody says:

      Hi Erin,

      That is wonderful to hear! Glad you enjoyed.

      Xo Liz

  2. Julia Leitner says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and OMG! All of the creamy goodness of Alfredo with none of the guilt. Love all of your recipes and will definitely be adding this into my dinner rotation.

    1. Liz Moody says:

      Hi Julia,

      So happy you enjoyed the recipe!

      Xo Liz