Steaming Broccoli in the Pasta Boat – Mr. Lazy Cook

Well, I finally got around to steaming some veggies in the Pasta Boat. When I first bought the Pasta Boat and wrote it up last November I promised to steam some veggies and let you know how it worked.

I am happy to report that the Pasta Boat steams veggies as simply and efficiently as it cooks pasta.

There is a steaming rack included in the Pasta Boat package. You only use it for steaming. It is clearly marked not to be used for pasta.

I got a couple of cups of broccoli, rinsed it off and set them inside the Pasta Boat.

Freshly steamed broccoli inside the Pasta Boat

I had the steaming rack inside along with a cup of water.

Steaming is utter simplicity, right up Mr. Lazy Cook’s alley.

Cover the Pasta Boat.
Put in microwave.
Cook on high for five minutes.
Remove and serve.

Steaming just brings out the freshest color, doesn’t it?

The photos show the rich green of the freshly steamed broccoli.

Broccoli breaks down as follows nutritionally: One serving is a cup.
31 calories, no fat of any kind, no cholesterol, 30 mg of sodium, 6 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Again, I recommend the Pasta Boat. I have made my own pasta in it since the day I bought it.



Filed under calories, Fiber, healthy eating, lazy cook, recipes

9 responses to “Steaming Broccoli in the Pasta Boat – Mr. Lazy Cook

  1. Nikki

    Hey, thanks for the review, this is great!

    I bought a Pasta Boat a few weeks ago and it cooks Angel Hair perfectly. I bought some broccoli from Trader Joe’s last night and plan on cooking the heads today.

    My issue is I want to make sure the broccoli is steamed and incredibly soft. Was your broccoli still hard, medium, or soft? If so, should I steam it a bit longer to make it more tender?


    • HI, Nikki. Glad you liked it. I also like my steamed veggies nice and soft. I would add a minute to it just to be sure. Also, if it wouldn’t be too much trouble please check back and comment again on how it turned out.

      Good health!



  2. emilyasks

    Thanks for the broccoli tips. Have you used it for crooked neck squash or zucchini? Also I am especially trying to find out how to cook long grain jasmine rice and wild rice in the pasta boat. I called the company, but since they have discontinued this product they were less than helpful and could not give me any times for cooking these items. And as you seem to know what you are doing with the pasta boat i was wondering if you could tell me the cooking times? Thank you in advance.


    • Emily –

      Thanks very much for your confidence in me. Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable on using the pasta boat for the items you mentioned. I do cook long grain brown rice, but I use a regular pot, organic chicken broth from Costco and regular cooking time. Also, very sorry to learn that the company is no longer supporting the pasta boat. I love the product and it has saved me hours in eliminating the ‘al dente‘ aspect of pasta making.


  3. Carol himmer

    How long do I steam thicker asparagus in pasta boat….thanks!!!


    • Hi, Carol – As I haven’t done thicker asparagus, I can’t tell you. But, I think another minute or two might work. It is so simple you can experiment.


  4. Aida

    Thank you for having this available. I just used it to steam my broccoli and cauliflower. I used 5-6 minutes arbitrarily. The first batch of broccoli I did at 5 minutes and the florets were good to serve as snacks that way. I used 6 to get the stem part more time. I was just planning to get it down to bits & pieces with a food processor though, so it didn’t really matter to me either. I was really looking for a way to cook them and get them soft and mushy without losing all the nutrients. I love pasta boat.


  5. Laura G

    Thank you for posting this I am trying to get my family to start eating healthier so I wanted to make a Cauliflower salad (like potato salad) and there was no times in the recipe book on how to steam vegetables so you so save me and my family’s eating now to a better and healthier way. Thank you so so much.

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