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Sesame Broccoli Pasta

Makes 4 servings

Total Time
20 mins

Jennifer Stein Barker especially likes the flavor of whole-wheat pasta in this Indonesian-inspired vegetarian entrée. Prep and Cook Time: about 20 minutes.

Sesame Broccoli Pasta

Valerie Martin
 1 pound broccoli crowns
 8 ounces dried regular or whole-wheat rigatoni pasta
 2 teaspoons minced garlic
 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
 1 tablespoon peanut or other vegetable oil
 2/3 cup canned coconut milk
 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) or old fashioned-style peanut butter
 1 tablespoon soy sauce
 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  Hot sauce
  Lime wedges
Step 1

Rinse broccoli. Trim off leaves and stem ends. Cut crowns into 1- to 1 1/2-inch florets, and thinly slice stalks crosswise.

Step 2

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until barely tender to bite, 7 to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in an 11- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-low heat, stir garlic, ginger, and cumin in peanut oil until garlic is soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium. Add broccoli and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook just until broccoli is tender-crisp to bite, about 2 minutes.

Step 4

In a small bowl, mix coconut milk, tahini, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add to broccoli mixture; stir often just until simmering.

Step 5

Drain pasta and return to pan. Gently stir in broccoli mixture. Spoon into a serving bowl. Serve with hot sauce, lime wedges, and salt to add to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 474Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 9.5g48%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 317mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 52g18%

Dietary Fiber 5.5g22%
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.