Rice Pasta with Broccoli and Dried Tomatoes

Rice Pasta with Broccoli and Dried Tomatoes

What do you do when you don't have time, you are not in the mood or you don't know how to cook very well? You improvise. Like in this recipe that is very easy to prepare, very delicious and, you guessed it folks, very healthy.


I prepared it when I wasn't in the mood for something fancy and complicated. So I opened the fridge and the cupboard and saw what was there.

I leave you below my recipe. If you don't have one of the ingredients, just replace it, you will see it fits really well.

The only "must have" ingredients would be  rice pasta and broccoli (which, in fact, could be replaced by cauliflower too :)) Dried tomatoes also give it a special taste so try to stick to this ingredient too.


Rice pasta with broccoli and dried tomatoes - what ingredients do you need

1/2 packet of rice pasta or some other gluten free pasta
1/4 broccoli
dried tomatoes
pistachios or walnuts (if you can roast them a little, better)
olive oil
salt, pepper


1). Put water to boil and, when it reaches the boiling point, add the pasta. Leave to boil according to what's on the label. I let them boil for about 15 minutes. Always try pasta to see if they are done and don't leave it too much, they are not good too soft.

2). In another pot, put water to boil and, when it reaches the boiling point add the broccoli. Leave for only 7-8 minutes. After this time they will be too soft and they will lose their beautiful green colour.

Another "broccoli tip" would be to chop broccoli and to leave it like that for few minutes, before adding it into water. I've read this is how you "activate" the beneficial substances from broccoli.


3). After pasta and broccoli are boiled, take them, mix them on another plate and add dried tomatoes, pistachios or walnuts, season with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle lemon juice.

It's simple and delicious!


What other ingredients you could add

I've already told you this is a versatile recipe, so instead of broccoli, if you don't have it, you can use cauliflower or avocado, instead of dried tomatoes (although it gives a special flavour) you can use a simple tomatoes reduction with olive oil or just tomato sauce.

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Pharmacy Assistant, mother of two, wife, Romanian, but now based in Oman. Not yet “gluten, dairy, sugar free”, but on my road to a healthy way of life/eating. Here I will write my fun, healthy, sometimes invented recipes and my tips&tricks on this road to a healthy way of living.