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3-ingredient healthy and dairy-free broccoli alfredo pasta

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

  • Author: Liz Moody


  • 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)


  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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