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Broccoli Fra Diavolo

By: Alexis

This broccoli in spicy tomato sauce will perk up your plate. Increase the red pepper flakes if you like it hot!

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (20)


6 cups fresh broccoli florets
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium or no-salt-added tomato or pasta sauce
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or adjusted to taste
1-2 teaspoons no-salt-added Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman's MatoZest or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste


Steam broccoli until tender, about 10-12 minutes.

In large saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic in 1/4 cup water for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, hot pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and MatoZest. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in steamed broccoli and nutritional yeast.

Note: Cauliflower also works well in this recipe.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 3

Per Serving:

Calories 181
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Sugars 10 g
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 1.7 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Fiber 10.5 g
Beta-Carotene 1417 ug
Vitamin C 180 mg
Calcium 174 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Folate 154 ug
Magnesium 94 mg
Potassium 1116 mg
Zinc 3.4 mg
Selenium 6.3 ug

My Rating: 
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01/28/2010 11:15 PM

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This is a wonderful recipe, and a great way to eat broccoli. Very simple, and loved by both me and my husband. I made the recipe as written, with the optional nutritional yeast.
This comment was last edited on 01/28/2010 11:16 PM


02/18/2010 08:31 PM

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I made this recipe because of Claudia's rave reviews at the member center. I must say that I loved it. Broccoli is not on my husband's top-ten veggie list, but when I made this, he loved it. The nutritional yeast gives it a nice cheesy flavor. Delicious!


01/28/2011 08:46 PM

Rated this recipe:'s wonderful. I didn't steam the broccoli, but added it straight to the sauce for 5 minutes and I used the peeled, sliced stem, too. I added two cups home cooked garbanzo beans, half an onion, some sliced mushrooms, and substituted fresh herbs for a great one dish meal in a hurry. MMM...spicy, cheesy spaghetti without the, calories, gut ache, or head rush. Thanks for publishing this recipe. It goes on our 10 list. BTW-Broccoli is the only veggie I hate, but I'll eat it this way.

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05/16/2022 10:10 PM

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05/16/2022 10:10 PM

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This combination is amazing!!!


01/30/2011 04:04 PM

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Made it something like according to alittleginger's alterations - added g'beans and mushrooms. An onion would have been good. Used dried herbs. Really yummy! My wife loved it. Save 5 stars for dishes that totally knock me out, so 4 stars very good on my scale.


06/15/2011 01:25 AM

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This is a Very good and satisfying dish! I made it as written and also did not steam broccoli before adding it to sauce. Great quick hot meal for a work night!


11/16/2011 09:02 PM

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Loved this. I added steamed Kale along with the Broccoli to bump up the nutrient density of the whole dish. YUM!


03/19/2012 10:44 PM

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Wonderful, accompanied my bean enchiladas!!! 5 stars.


04/07/2012 05:56 PM

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Loved it! I added onions and kidney beans to the already great meal and spinkled with some pumpkin seeds. Adding mushrooms sounds like a great idea too. 5 stars.
This comment was last edited on 04/07/2012 05:58 PM


09/30/2012 08:09 PM

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I cut this recipe in half and had it as a late night snack. Hey, it beats going for Fuhrnan Brownie pop'ems like I was tempted to do! Wow, was it good. Spaghetti was my comfort food as a child, so this is a very happy and healthy substitute. The suggested addition of beans, shrooms, and/or onions would indeed be nice for a full meal. Thank you for this one.
Ok I made it a second time with kidney beans, onions, roasted yellow pepper, and an extra cup of spaghetti sauce. My ETL hubby who is a better cook than I am, said, "This is the best thing we've eaten in a while!" We eat great food, so that was a real compliment. :)
This comment was last edited on 10/09/2012 08:18 PM


11/20/2012 07:36 PM

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Had it at Dr. Fuhrmans Princeton immersion weekend and couldn't wait to make it at home. So simple, so delicious. I will make it over and over


09/08/2014 04:07 PM

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Just loved this recipe!!! Eat it with beans and avocado also!


11/23/2014 12:10 AM

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Holy wow! Spicy spaghetti comfort food!

I added 1 chopped onion and 2 cups chopped mushroom at the beginning, with the garlic. They cook down a lot so it wasn't as much as it sounds like. Used Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil, as I didn't have the MatoZest. Everything else, I just followed the directions. I wondered at first if I'd been too heavy-handed with the red pepper flakes, but then decided the kick was just right.

What an amazing dish. I'll be making this one over and over!


08/25/2015 10:28 PM

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This was yummy! I think it would be great on a bed of spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.


01/19/2017 08:48 PM

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YUM! We love it. What a great way to enjoy broccoli! We added white beans. Will add onion and mushrooms next time. Love the suuggestions above... pumpkin seeds, avocado, etc. So many great variations!


09/07/2017 05:45 PM

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Made this tonight; added mushrooms and 1 TBSP of italian seasoning.. so much for not wearing glasses. I loved it as a side to white fish.

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10/13/2019 01:51 PM

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Super delicious. Used frozen (thawed) broccoli, no steaming. Had added one large chopped onion in the garlic phase; later, a half bunch of destemmed chard and at least a cup of mushrooms. BTW amped up all seasonings: doubled the garlic, 2+ teaspoons of red chili flakes, etc. One of the best meals/pasta toppers I've made from a nutritarian recipe. Husband agreed. Nutritional yeast seems optional: it muddied the clear flavors a bit.

Can't wait to make again.  


11/11/2019 12:13 AM

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Omg so good. Fave sad food was spaghetti so this hit that spot! I served it over pressure cooked spaghetti squash with a couple of garlic pita chips. It was quick, easy & sooo good. 


Made it for a 2nd time & ate it over whole wheat spaghetti noodles, added an extra cup of pasta sauce, and steamed the broccoli for half the time. So good. 

This comment was last edited on 01/24/2020 10:10 PM


04/25/2021 10:41 PM

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A great way to eat veggies! I added diced onions and mushrooms with garlic sauté, otherwise made it as listed. We served it over baked potatoes and loved it.

This is such a versatile dish, could easily be modified as many others have commented. 


09/11/2021 06:49 PM

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Excellent! I added chickpeas and onion. This recipe lends itself to adding other ingredients. Will definitely make again!


02/14/2023 11:08 PM

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This dish is very easy and delicious. I made it with the pasta sauce, and took others' suggestions and sautéed half of an onion and 4 oz. cremini mushrooms with the garlic, not using any water. I also added the broccoli on top of the simmering sauce to allow it to steam partially, then stirred it in. We like spicy dishes, so I used ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes. Very flavorful!