Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

Fresh and filled with garden flavors, this Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese is one of our favorites!

Pasta with Broccoli, Tomato, Mushrooms, and Parmesan Cheese Served with Chicken on a White Plate with Lemon Garnish

I originally posted this recipe for Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese on the first recipe site I started in 1995. It wasn’t just a favorite recipe but one that came from a very old cookbook of my mom’s and I wanted to make sure I had it saved on my new online site…I have loved this dish for forever…seriously!

When I switched from that site to a WordPress blog, I made sure to bring this one over too and it’s been on the blog for years. Lost way back in the archives with horrid photos too, so I was happy this year to combine my love of this dish enough to make it again with some new photos that better relay to you how good it is, and how simple.

A pasta recipe combining broccoli, mushrooms and tomatoes seems in line with current trends that have seen pasta (and pizza) move from the realm of red sauce and meats to a variety of combinations that favor vegetables and what I consider a white sauce (typically made with olive oil and/or butter).

So it was surprising to find even 20 years ago a recipe in a cookbook that was my mother’s and is most likely from the late 50’s. Titled Pasta con Broccoli in the cookbook, it’s one of my all time favorites and I love that it’s SO old yet so current too! Most of the other recipes fall in line with expectations…lots of casseroles, jello desserts, and too many with canned ingredients; so this was special.

I now have the cookbook from Sacred Heart Parish in Florissant, MO in my library; it’s one of the few mementos from my childhood and I love that I actually love a dish made from it. It’s tattered and certainly worn and is typical of cookbooks put together by church groups. I think I must have ‘borrowed’ this from my mother many, many years ago and never returned it…oops!

It has seen better days too; bound with a red plastic spiral binder there are several pages missing from the back. But it’s one of those books you can neither give away or pitch in the trash…my kids can do that when I’m gone…but I still love seeing it in my cookbook library.

What’s amusing even to me is that I have never used it but for two recipes; both of which I love. This pasta and another one for this zucchini bread which I make every summer too.

The pasta is most fabulous during the summer with the freshest of ingredients from the garden. I had a nice head of broccoli from a neighbor and FINALLY some of my own cherry tomatoes had ripened on the vine, so it was time. Luckily I had just purchased a big box of mushrooms that I needed to use so I made it for dinner one night last week.

And I mean dinner…I didn’t serve it as a side, nope, just a big bowlful of what might be my favorite pasta. I’ll be honest, there is one ingredient not mentioned in that title that plays a big part. Butter. Lots and lots of butter. And more honestly…I LOVE it with all of that butter; it is the only sauce for this dish. But sometimes I will cut it in half and supplement the butter with an equal amount of olive oil, still delicious and I feel like it’s healthier but you know…it’s still fat and fat is flavor!

Pasta with Broccoli, Tomato, Mushrooms, and Parmesan Cheese in a Large White, Blue and Yellow Pasta Bowl

I’ve made one modification from the original recipe though. It calls for 1 pound of pasta and I think that is an LOT; I like a higher veggie to pasta ratio when I make it. As mentioned I’ll also cut back on the butter; the original recipe calls for 8 Tablespoons of butter which is a lot…delicious but a lot. So sometimes I’ll sub some butter out for olive oil, and sometimes I won’t, it all depends on the mood I’m in or if I’m having company and feel like indulging.

The only ingredients cooked in this pasta are the spaghetti and the broccoli. The mushrooms and tomatoes are layered in the bottom of the bowl and topped with the hot pasta and broccoli. Let them sit for a couple of minutes and you get warm tomatoes and barely cooked mushrooms; we don’t want them mushy despite their name! Add the butter, some lemon juice, and Parmesan and you’re done.

I simply love this combination of ingredients; you must try it while garden tomatoes are so prolific!

Yield: 6 Servings

Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

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A simple yet fabulous dish with fresh vegetables and pasta served with a buttery sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 12 oz thin spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato, Original recipe calls for peeled tomatoes but truth is, I just don’t do that, ever!
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • More Parmesan to sprinkle on top
  • Garnish with Lemon Sections (optional)

Instructions

  1. Simmer broccoli in approximately 2 quarts of salted hot water for a few seconds.
  2. Add uncooked spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Put mushrooms and tomatoes in the bottom of a large serving bowl.
  4. Drain broccoli and spaghetti in colander and put on top of vegetables in bowl and let them sit for a minute or two.
  5. Add Parmesan, butter,, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss together and serve with some additional Parmesan grated on top and fresh lemon sections.

Notes

I prefer thin spaghetti noodles. If you use regular spaghetti, it will have to cook longer, so hold off on adding the broccoli until the spaghetti has cooked for a few minutes. The broccoli needs no more than 6-8 minutes to be done.

If you want to cut back on the butter, substitute half of it with olive oil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 373Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 557mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

The nutritional information is computer-generated and only an estimate. If you need to use nutrition information we suggest you confirm these totals with your own program.

Originally posted at Creative Culinary

Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups are a cozy weeknight meal. Tender chicken, broccoli and cheese are rolled in lasagna noodles and baked in a homemade cream sauce.

A complete meal in one dish, this is a family favorite!

plated Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

What are Lasagna Roll-Ups?

We love new takes on a classic lasagna!

A lasagna roll up is made by rolling all of the traditional lasagna ingredients in pasta instead of layering them in a pan.

In this case, we’ve taken the ingredients in our favorite chicken lasagna and created rolls filled with chicken and veggies.

Ingredients

CHEESE Our recipe lightens it up by using a cottage cheese mixture but ricotta works if you’d prefer.

VEGGIES Chicken and Broccoli is the classic comfort food combination but any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus will work.

SAUCE This recipe uses a creamy homemade sauce. It’s rich and delicious while still being a bit lighter than a traditional alfredo sauce. While I prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

process of rolling Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

How to Make Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

Chicken lasagna roll-ups have a few steps involved, but the result is so luscious it’s worth the extra effort of making rollups!

  1. Cook noodles, set aside. Combine cheese mixture, set aside.
  2. Make the cream sauce per recipe below and spread some in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  3. Lay out noodles & spread each one with cheese, broccoli, & chicken. Roll up each filled noodle & lay, seam side down in a dish.

Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups after rolling process

  1. Top the rolls with remaining sauce, cover & bake.
  2. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake until bubbly.

What to Serve with Lasagna Roll-Ups

Serve with our tasty homemade garlic bread, a bright and tangy Caprese salad, a side of grilled lemon parmesan asparagus, and a delicious easy cheesecake for dessert!

top view of a slice of Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Leftovers

  • Keep creamy chicken roll-ups in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the entire casserole in the oven or individual portions in the microwave. Add extra cheese and place the roll-ups under the broiler until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • Cooked and cooled lasagna roll-ups can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw and reheat using one of the methods above.

More Cozy Chicken Recipes

Did your family love these Lasagna Roll Ups? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

close up of finished Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups on a plate

Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken and broccoli are the perfect combination in this creamy pasta dish!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 931
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked and cooled
  • 4 cups cooked chicken
  • 3 cups broccoli cooked and cooled
  • 2 ½ cups mozzarella shredded

Cheese Mixture

  • 2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped

Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano chopped

Instructions

  • Combine cheese mixture ingredients and set aside.

Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter until tender, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add broth and milk a bit at a time whisking after each addition. It will be thick at first but will thin out. Once all of the liquid has been added, stir in cream cheese until melted. Simmer 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, dried basil, and oregano.

Assembly

  • Place 1 cup of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Lay out noodles. Divide cheese mixture, broccoli, and chicken over noodles. Top each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese.
  • Roll noodles and place seam down in the pan. Top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Cottage cheese can be substituted with ricotta if you’d prefer.

Any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus can be added with or instead of broccoli.

We prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 2roll ups | Calories: 931 | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 1456mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1798IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 747mg | Iron: 3mg
ingredients to make Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups with a plated dish and writing
Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups in a casserole dish with a title
Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups on a plate with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies