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Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Whole Wheat Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Whole Wheat Rotini with Broccolini & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe takes about 25 minutes to make, start to finish. Prep time included. I felt the need to state that right off the bat—25 minutes! For a delicious home cooked dinner!

One thing I never hear people say is, “You know what I need? I need some complicated recipes that take a lot of time to make. And they should have really long lists of ingredients too!” No, everyone wants easy. Not Taco Bell easy, but who wants to come home from work and spend 2 hours cooking dinner? No one! I’m a food blogger and cooking is kind of my job and even I don’t like spending too much time on one meal.

Whole Wheat Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
So this recipe is simple. And there aren’t many ingredients either. (Woo hoo!) Although I made this with whole wheat rotini, you can use any kind of pasta you have on hand. If you don’t want to buy broccolini, use a crown of broccoli instead. You can sub out the pine nuts with walnuts or almonds. This recipe is agreeable like that.

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Whole Wheat Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

An easy, delicious pasta dinner that's ready in about 25 minutes. If you can't find broccolini at your grocery store, use a crown of broccoli instead.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 8 oz whole wheat rotini
  • 1 bunch broccolini ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • pinch of red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese shaved or shredded (as much or as little as you like)


  • Cook rotini according to instructions on package. One minute before cook time is finished, drop broccolini into pot. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in pine nuts and red pepper flakes (if using) and cook about 2 minutes more. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, pasta and broccolini, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat. Divide into bowls and garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.
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  • Reply
    Meghan @JaMonkey
    February 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

    This looks fab! I bet it would be good with Asparagus too!

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      February 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Yes, it would! I can’t wait for those to be in season. Soooon! 😀

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    February 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love broccolini! This looks so good, Kiersten!

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    February 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’ll take a bowl of that, please! 🙂

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    February 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Oh this is so my kind of meal! Love that color!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    February 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I’m all about quick and easy and have been seriously obsessed with broccolini lately!

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    February 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Oh man this pasta looks so beautiful and full of color!

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    February 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I could probably sit down and eat an entire bowl (all 4 servings) of that! Will definitely try it out!

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    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    February 7, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Yum! I love broccolini. It’s super hard to find here, so most often I have to sub in just plain old broccoli, but if I do manage to find it I’ll buy up as much as I can and go crazy on the stuff! This pasta looks so simple yet so tasty. A definite win for a quick weeknight dinner!

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      February 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

      I used to have trouble finding it at the grocery store when I lived in Wisconsin–they’d only have it once in a while. And then I’d try to use broccoli rabe instead, which definitely isn’t the same. 🙂

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    February 8, 2013 at 12:10 am

    This looks so filling and colorful!

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    Courtney Rae Jones
    February 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Looks delicious! I’m in need of some quick meals as of late, as I’ve started taking a night class. I get home from work and I literally have 40 minutes to make food and head out the door. This is perfect and healthy to boot! 🙂

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      February 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I used to take a bunch of night classes and figuring out dinner was such a pain on those nights!

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    Russell van Kraayenburg
    February 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Now this is a pasta I could never get tired of. It looks incredible!

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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen
    February 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Super simple and delicious! I’m definitely throwing this, along with those amazing broccoli & cheese pot pies, into the rotation ASAP!

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