Garlic & Parmesan Broccoli Pasta

SO delicious! We all love this pasta dish…

But, be sure to get that inner pot clean right away! I recommend moving the fully cooked pasta mixture to a ceramic serving bowl as soon as you can and get that inner pot into a wash cycle. Otherwise, the parmesan can become like glue on the pot.

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, we like strong cheese – and lots of it – in this household! This recipe is just as tasty for many if you cut the cheese in half or do whatever amount is to YOUR taste.

NOTES: I used to use the Green Giant Fresh Broccoli Florets bag and steam in microwave for 4 mins until they stopped carrying at my local grocery. Now I just used a head or 2 of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets and steamed in microwave w/ a bit of water and covered for about 8 mins.

Garlic & Parmesan Penne with Broccoli Recipe

  • 32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 16 oz penne pasta (uncooked)
  • 12 oz broccoli florets
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 8 tsp minced garlic (about 8 cloves)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 pinches freshly ground sea salt, divided
  1. Set Instant Pot (IP) to sauté and allow to heat for at least 30 secs.
  2. Add 3 Tbsp EVOO to IP’s inner pot.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp oregano, 8 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp garlic powder, a pinch (about 1/16 tsp) of black pepper, and a pinch (about 1/6 tsp) of salt, then sauté for 30 secs, stirring frequently.
  4. If the garlic is sticking to the bottom of the pan, add a splash of broth and deglaze (scrape stuck parts) the pan w/ a wooden slanted spatula.
  5. Add in order: 16 oz pasta, 32 oz (or whatever remains from deglazing step) broth, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup cream, remaining pinch (about 1/6 tsp) of salt, and remaining pinch (about 1/6 tsp) of black pepper.
  6. Stir to combine, then close the lid and set to SEAL.
  7. Cook on PRESSURE COOK (or MANUAL) for 4 mins.
  8. While IP is cooking, steam broccoli.
  9. When the cooking cycle completes, do a quick release.
  10. Once the pressure pin drops, turn off IP, open the lid (away from you), and stir briefly to combine cooked mixture.
  11. Allow to sit for 3 mins. then stir in 1 1/2 oz shredded Parmesan, a bit at a time, adding more as it melts, until fully melted and combined in pasta mixture.
  12. Gently stir in broccoli.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.3g22%
Saturated Fat 7.1g35%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 518mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 96.9g35%
Dietary Fiber 7.9g28%
Total Sugars 7.4g 
Protein 29.6g 
Vitamin D 7mcg33%
Calcium 356mg27%
Iron 6mg32%
Potassium 516mg11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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