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Asiago and Broccoli Shells Pasta Recipe

This easy asiago & broccoli shells dish is the perfect weeknight vegetarian dinner — the whole thing can be on your dinner table in 20 minutes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 hungry people
Calories 867 kcal


  • 2 cups medium shells measured uncooked, about 180 grams of pasta
  • cup olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes plus more for serving if desired
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped broccoli just the ends (the crumbly green bits)
  • 3 tablespoon reserved pasta water make sure there's salt in your pasta water
  • ¾ cup asiago, shredded parmesan can work too
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • diced red onion adding a small handful along with the broccoli is optional but so delicious


  • Cook your medium shells according to package directions in a large pot of salted water.
    While the water comes to a boil, chop your broccoli bits (into small pieces since they're not cooking for long), mince your garlic, and chop your red onion if you're using it. 
  • While your pasta is cooking, add the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and minced garlic to a large sauce pan on medium-low heat. Stir gently, and let it cook for at least five minutes.
  • When there's just a few minutes left for the pasta to cook, add your chopped broccoli bits (and red onion, if using) and salt and pepper (to taste) to the olive oil mixture. Stir well and turn the heat to medium.
  • Before you drain your pasta, reserve three tablespoons of the salty pasta water and set aside.
    Once you've drained the pasta, add it to the broccoli mixture and stir well. Then, add the reserved pasta water and the shredded asiago and stir for at least another minute, until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the cheese is melted. 
    I serve mine topped with a bit more asiago, red pepper flakes, and ground black pepper. Sometimes I'll add an extra splash of olive oil too. Dig in and enjoy!


This recipe makes two big bowls of pasta for two hungry people.


Calories: 867kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 29gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 635mgPotassium: 491mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 792IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 505mgIron: 2mg
Keyword asiago, broccoli, easy, pasta
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