This Broccoli Alfredo Sauce recipe is for a super simple sauce that I use for my leftover pasta and is perfect for those days when I don’t want to spend money eating out, and don’t have the energy to spend a lot of time in the kitchen! All done in 15 minutes!
As you can see, this is semi-homemade as I started this with a jarred sauce. I’m all for homemade kitchen staples but when I’m in a rush, I’m just way more likely to reach for an easy base to my recipes like a jarred sauce and jazz it up a bit.
This was one of those times since I was in the midst of a freezer cooking adventure. You can use a homemade alfredo sauce as a base for this recipe if you prefer.
🍽️ Why This Recipe Works
Mind-blowing Flavor – This easy recipe has the best taste ever. The base is an Alfredo sauce with onion powder and broccoli. It’s so good.
Inexpensive – You don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money to make this. It’s super cheap!
Feeds a lot of people – This dish makes 16 servings! That is wonderful if you are looking for something that will please a crowd.
New Cooks – This is a great recipe for newbie cooks in their first apartment or college students looking to cook meals instead of eating out. They can’t fail at this recipe, so the success factor is very high.
Alfredo Sauce – I used a 15oz. Jar. Any old variety from the store will do. I lean towards the fairly plain sauce for this recipe as I want the other ingredients to shine through. My one word of warning is to not use too much on a single serving of pasta. This is one of those times where a little goes a long way!
Steam-In-Bag Broccoli – I love these bags. It is so easy just to throw them in the microwave as it just saves another step in the process.
Onion powder – Use this to taste. I like the flavor, so I include it. Be careful not to use Onion Salt, though. I have mixed those up more than a few times!
Step One: Steam the bag of broccoli in microwave according to package directions.
Step Two: Pour the jar of Alfredo sauce into pan on medium heat. Stir the steamed broccoli into the sauce. Let come to a slight boil. Make sure to stir it frequently to avoid any burning on the bottom of the pan.
Step Three: Use a potato masher to mash the broccoli florets into the sauce until there are no large pieces remaining. If you prefer a very fine texture, you can mix everything together in a blender or food processor. I like the texture of having small chunks of broccoli (and it is much easier to clean the potato masher than the food processor!)
Step Four: Season to taste with onion powder.
💡 Expert Tips
This is the sauce was featured in my recent $0.24 Freezer Pasta Packets post. I cooked pasta, flash froze it, and then portioned them into individual sized servings and stuck it in the freezer with a little bit of sauce.
Pour a little bit of the sauce into the individual sized containers and put a lid on it. These freeze extremely well and stack nicely. It is fun to grab one with your pasta and have a fun, tasty lunch.
📌 Recipe FAQs
Absolutely! Some diced chicken would be heavenly. You could also add in some cooked sausage, salmon, shrimp, or tuna. Add whatever you like, and be sure to let us know what you tried and how it turned out.
This green little tree is loaded with lots of incredible nutrients. Iron, potassium, fiber, vitamin K, and vitamin C are a few.
Sometimes, we will eat this dish all by itself when we don’t feel like eating anything else. Other times, we will serve it with a big fat steak or some grilled chicken. It also goes lovely with breadsticks too. A salad is also a great compliment, as well.
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Easy Broccoli Alfredo Sauce (Three ingredients!)
- 1 jar Alfredo Sauce
- 1 bag Broccoli steam-in-bag
- 1 tsp Onion Powder or to taste
- Steam the bag of broccoli in the microwave according to package directions.
- Pour a jar of Alfredo sauce in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add the steamed broccoli.
- Stir frequently to avoid burning until the sauce comes to a boil.
- Mash the broccoli florets with a potato masher into the sauce until there are no large pieces remaining.
- Pour over your favorite pasta for a fast dinner, or pour to single serving sized containers for freezing.