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#EatWellLiveWell: Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

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Healthy Broccoli Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Healthy cheese seems like a taboo phrase in the food world but is there a cheese that you can add to your health food shopping cart? Parmesan is the cheese you want if you’re looking for a protein, calcium, and vitamin A-rich cheese that can be added to quite a few meals. Just a 2-ounce serving of Parmesan can add a lot to your meal and boost your health to all new levels.

Parmesan is packed with protein. That 2-ounce serving can contain up to 40 percent of the daily protein fuel your body needs to build strong muscles, repair damaged tissue, and facilitate a healthy metabolism in your body. Building strong bones and maintaining healthy hair and skin takes vitamins. Everyone knows that cheese is rich in calcium and vitamin A, like other dairy products, but take that serving of parmesan cheese; it can contain over 67 percent of your daily value of calcium and 10 percent of your daily vitamin A.

So send cheddar packing! Parmesan is the cheese that will give your body all those essential vitamins and nutrients. Check out our recipe for Broccoli Parmesan Pasta that will start you off right!

Recipe: Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

Servings: 9

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch dried oregano
18 ounces dry penne pasta
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Over medium heat, warm oil and cook chicken in a skillet until lightly browned. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, or until garlic is golden and onions are translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes, broccoli, salt, pepper and oregano to skillet mixture. Bring to a boil, cover and turn down the heat to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender (al dente). Drain water from pasta and add back into the pot. Pour chicken and sauce into the pot with pasta and mix well.
  4. Add basil and toss well; top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

368 calories, 7.7 g fat, 34 mg cholesterol, 296 mg sodium, 51 g total carbohydrates, 3.6 g dietary fiber, 23.5 g protein

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