Easy cheesy pasta with seeds and broccoli

Written by Korkor Opai-Tetteh

One of my favourite meals at boarding school was the cheesy broccoli pasta, I am an absolute sucker for pasta with cheese and broccoli. It’s just so comforting – the perfect thing to keep you cosy during the winter months.

As the days get seemingly colder, we might need a little something that gives us that extra bit of comfort to usher us into spring and leave us feeling great. I have created a simpler version of my favourite combo: broccoli, cheese and pasta. It is made with coconut milk, which makes it extra creamy, and is topped with crunchy seeds because they just may be my weakness. I give you:

Easy Broccoli and Seedy Pasta.

I hope you enjoy!

Preparation Guidelines

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2


  • Happy Earth People Red Lentil Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of your choice of milk (I use coconut milk)
  • 2 handfuls of dairy-free cheese (or another cheese of your choice) and little bit more for baking
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped with the stem finely shredded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of seed mix
  • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 220oC
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, make your cheese sauce by heating the oil on medium heat and adding the flour – mix until a paste forms and it no longer smells like flour.
  4. Slowly add in your coconut milk, whisking it to make sure there are no flour-oil clumps – the sauce should thicken up.
  5. Add your cheese and mix until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drain your pasta and add it back into the pot.
  7. Pour the cheese mix over it and stir in the broccoli.
  8. Transfer the mix to an oven dish and top with the remaining grated cheese.
  9. Place in the oven and bake until bubbling and golden.
  10. While the pasta is baking, toast the seed mix with some chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.
  11. When the pasta is done, add the seed mix to the top and enjoy!

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About the author:

Hi! My name is Korkor Opai-Tetteh. I truly believe that a third of my being is dedicated to food – good food – that is made with love!  When I’m not busy cooking, I am a medical student at the University of Cape Town.  You can find more delicious recipes and updates of my veggie adventures on my blog and Instagram page.