Getting a tasty and nutritious family meal on the table has never been easier than this 15-minute, one-pan broccoli, sundried tomato, and white bean pasta! (nut-free)
I remember when getting a nutritious dinner on the table was easy. Back when it was just Mr. Table and me, before kids and full-time jobs. Even when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child, dinner seemed like a breeze.
Fast forward a couple of years, and I now understand why families have a hard time eating home cooked meals together. With a mile-long to-do list that never seems to get any shorter and a cranky toddler yanking at my legs all day, especially when it comes time to make dinner, finding the time and energy to shop, prep and cook dinner seems daunting. I can only imagine how much harder it would be if I worked out of the house and had older kids headed to after school sports and activities.
But family meals together are important. In fact, September is National Family Meals Month™, a food retail industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. The aim is simple: pledge to have one more meal together, at home, per week. What is less simple, we know, is the practical aspect of making this happen. That’s where I’m hoping I can help!
Family meals have always been a priority for me and Mr. Table. Mealtime is a time to bond, talk about your day, and set good examples for your kids. So, I created this easy recipe for broccoli, sundried tomato, and white bean pasta to help you get a nutritious, home cooked meal on the table at least one more night a week using Knorr® Selects White Cheddar Broccoli with Cavatappi Pasta.
This is a nutritious, balanced meal made up of whole wheat pasta, vegetables, and plant-based protein. And it still takes only one pan and 15 minutes to make, so it's still super easy to get on the table, even on the busiest of nights.
I love the Knorr® Selects line when I need a quick and easy dinner because they help me make a nutritious, delicious dinner in just 3 simple steps: Knorr® Selects + Lean Protein (or Plant-Based protein) + Veggies = Main Meal.
How easy is that? Plus, Knorr® Selects contain no artificial flavors or preservatives and no colors from artificial sources, so they're a convenient option that I can feel good about serving my family. I especially love the whole wheat pasta options, like the Knorr® Selects White Cheddar Broccoli with Cavatappi Pasta I used to make this dish!
This broccoli, sundried tomato, and white bean pasta couldn't be any easier to make. There is no chopping or prep required - just some pantry-friendly ingredients and fresh veggies that you just have to open and throw in. If you wanted, you could even use frozen broccoli florets, if you have them!
If you’d like to add more plant-based ingredients to this dish, check out The Future 50 Foods report, a collection of diverse plant-based foods from around the world that can boost the nutritional value of our meals while reducing the environmental impact of our food supply. This report was created by Knorr®, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and includes nutritious vegetables such as spinach, okra and pumpkin flowers (perfect for fall dishes)!
Even though it's a simple meal to prepare, this broccoli, sundried tomato, and white bean pasta still tastes delicious. The broccoli steams to a tender-crisp in the pan while the cavatappi pasta soaks up the cheesy sauce. Sundried tomatoes add a nice depth of flavor and a pretty pop of red. And white beans add a super quick and simple source of plant-based protein and fiber to round out the dish.
Serve this pasta with a simple green salad if you'd like, or just keep it super easy by itself. It's the perfect solution for family mealtime this Family Meals Month and any time of year!
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One Pan Broccoli, Sundried Tomato and White Bean Pasta
Getting a tasty and nutritious family meal on the table has never been easier than this 15-minute, one-pan broccoli, sundried tomato and white bean pasta! (nut-free)
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
- Category: main dish
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 1 package Knorr® Selects White Cheddar Broccoli with Cavatappi Pasta
- 1 ½ cups water
- ½ cup low fat milk
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups additional broccoli florets
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes, quartered (I like the jarred ones packed in oil)
- 1 cup white beans, drained and rinsed
- In a large skillet with a lid, stir together contents of Knorr® Selects White Cheddar Broccoli with Cavatappi Pasta package, water, milk and olive oil. Stir in broccoli florets.
- Bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 7 minutes. Remove lid and stir in sundried tomatoes and white beans. Cover and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until beans and tomatoes are warmed through.
- Remove from heat and serve.
- You can use frozen or fresh broccoli florets in this recipe.
- If you can't find jarred sundried tomatoes, dry ones work as well.
- If you don't have white beans, try chickpeas instead!
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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