Broccoli Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

sun-dried tomato pastaDelicious simple weeknight sun-dried pasta recipe with broccoli and parmesan.

I’m excited to share with you this sun-dried tomato broccoli pasta recipe that is a big hit in our family. I’m always grateful for tried and true recipes that I know my kids will eat and that I can enjoy, too.

sun dried tomato broccoli pasta

Lately my kids are changing their tastes so often I can hardly keep up… One week they beg to have clementines in their lunchboxes, and the next they act as if it is offensive that I would even think of putting one in their lunchbox.  I think they come by their rapidly changing food cravings naturally (I also don’t like to eat the same foods over and over… as you can see by the variety of recipe featured in Meal Plan Mondays) but still it is hard to keep up! Do you share the experience of revolving tastes personally or notice it in your children? What are your tips for keeping up?

One thing I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the food complaints or wasted food left uneaten in my kids lunch-boxes, is to put a meal on the table that I know everyone will enjoy with no fuss. This sun-dried tomato broccoli pasta recipe is one of those meals. With a rich parmesan sauce, broccoli and pasta I know my kids will eat it up without complaint… although if I’m being completely honest my kids often pick out the tomatoes. I’m hoping with repeat exposure one day they will see the light and love tomatoes the way I do.

I hope you and your family enjoy this tomato broccoli pasta recipe! For more broccoli recipes check out these 14 Delicious Broccoli Recipes! And for more delicious pasta inspiration try this zucchini and summer squash fettuccine Alfredo and this creamy butternut squash pasta.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

sun-dried tomato pasta
5 from 4 votes

Sun-Dried Tomato Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Delicious simple weeknight pasta recipe with sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli and parmesan.

Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, dinner, parmesan, pasta, sun-dried tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 367 kcal


  • 1 lb fusilli pasta or pasta of choice
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 2 t salt
  • 6 C garlic minced
  • 2 T fresh thyme leaves
  • 12 oil packed sun dried tomatoes drained and sliced into thin strips*
  • 1 bunch broccoli or broccolini cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/4 C grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta until al dente in generously salted water.
  2. When you drain pasta reserve 1/2 C pasta water.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil and butter in large pan.
  4. Add salt and garlic until garlic begins to brown, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add thyme and sun dried tomatoes.
  6. Toss and add broccoli.
  7. When broccoli is heated through, combine pasta and broccoli in pan or in bowl.
  8. Add 1 C parmesan cheese and stir to mix. If needed add pasta water 1 T at a time to reach desired consistency.
  9. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*In place of sun dried tomatoes I sometime roast my own tomatoes using 1 pint cherry tomatoes, thyme leaves from 1/2 bunch of thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast at 250F for 3 1/2 - 4 hours

Nutrition Facts
Sun-Dried Tomato Broccoli Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 145
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.1g25%
Saturated Fat 6.8g43%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 2095mg91%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 46.6g16%
Fiber 3.3g14%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 11.8g24%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sun-Dried Tomato Broccoli Pasta Recipe

sun dried tomato broccoli pasta recipe

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this! What a great weeknight meal! Perfect to save some leftovers of lunch the next day as well!

    • Thanks, Katie! This pasta does make great leftovers! It’s one of those pastas you can even eat cold!

  2. I love meal planning, it makes life so much easier. This is a perfect lunchbox recipe too. My kids and hubs would love this. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s the perfect summer pasta.

    • Same, when I meal plan life goes on so much more smoothly! Thanks for your kind words about this pasta, I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

  3. I love simple, tasty pastas! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Strange thing–I don’t like regular broccoli, but I like broccolini. I know, I’m weird. But that means that your version of this pretty and tasty pasta with the green stuff that I like will be a hit in our house! Thanks!

    • I know what you mean, although I like either I prefer broccolini! I hope you enjoy this pasta 🙂

  5. yummmm! I have most of these ingredients at home, defo have to make a vegan version of this on the weekend! thank you!

  6. Looks sooooooo delicious! Making it this week! xo

  7. a bunch of my favorite things, AND I have been craving pasta… 🙂

  8. This pasta looks amazing! I love using sun dried tomatoes!

  9. I love fresh vegetables in my pasta! This sounds like a delicious spring pasta!

  10. This Pasta is so cool! Sun dried tomatoes taste amazing and we love the other ingredients too. Making it!

  11. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe, my daughter made it the other day and I was thrilled to devour it. She said your directions were so spot on even a 16-year-old could make a delightful dish. Thanks for giving me a proud mom moment. I can see by reading this recipe card she was totally right. Bookmarking your blog for future posts.

  12. Omg I cannot wait to make this! THANK YOU!

  13. Deanne Frieders says

    Such beautiful colors, this will be perfect for a summer evening meal. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 5 stars
    Perfect for weeknights at my house! Kiddos loved this recipe 🙂 Snuck in veggies!

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