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This super simple, super speedy Halloumi Pasta recipe is delicious, satisfying and a perfect vegetarian family meal. In just 15 minutes you have a tomatoey-rich vegetarian meal that’s got loads of flavour and texture.

A big pan filled with cooked Halloumi Pasta with broccoli and tomatoes.

When it comes to 15 minute meals, pasta dishes are very much our friend. So I thought: I love pasta and I LOVE halloumi, so the two were obviously destined to meet at some stage! 

I hope you love throwing this one together without much effort or time required ❤️

Why you’ll love this Halloumi Pasta recipe

⭐️ So quick and easy – ready in 15 minutes

⭐️ Packed with flavour

⭐️ Great for a store cupboard meal

A close up of halloumi chunks with spaghetti and broccoli in a tomato sauce.

How we came up with this recipe

I did plan this recipe initially to have a creamy sauce (a bit like my creamy bacon pasta, cream cheese pasta and prawn pasta recipes), but after the first test it was obvious the halloumi would benefit more and be complemented by the freshness of a tomato-based sauce instead.

Speed is the essence of this simple Halloumi Pasta recipe too – originally we tried this with tinned tomatoes but swapped it for passata in the end as there was no time for the tomatoes to cook down.

It also creates a rich, silky-smooth sauce that’s just right with the saltiness of the squidgy, squeaky cheese.

More Halloumi ideas…

Halloumi Pasta Ingredients Notes

Ingredients for Halloumi Pasta laid out on a counter.
  • Olive oil – Sunflower oil is OK too. Not extra virgin as it’s not suitable for frying
  • Halloumi – We’ve included 2 packs in the recipe below, but use just 1 if you prefer
  • Pasta – I like spaghetti with this but go for whichever you have or like
  • Onion – Either fresh or frozen pre-prepared is OK
  • Garlic – Same goes for garlic. Fresh or frozen/jarred etc
  • Broccoli – Cut this into very small florets, about the same size as the halloumi cubes
  • Cherry tomatoes – I like to halve these
  • Passata – Don’t use tinned tomatoes here as they don’t have enough time to cook

How to make Halloumi Pasta

Cubes of halloumi being fried in a pan for the recipe Halloumi Pasta.
  1. Fry your cubes of halloumi until golden all over. Meanwhile, put your pasta on to boil.
Onions and garlic frying in a pan for the recipe Halloumi Pasta.

2. Remove the halloumi from the pan and add more oil and the onions and garlic. Fry until soft.

Pasta mixed with tomatoes and onion in a pan for the recipe Halloumi Pasta.

3. Add the broccoli to the pasta water according to the recipe below. Add tomatoes, smoked paprika, passata and salt and pepper to the onions as per the recipe.

Step 4 in the recipe for Halloumi Pasta. Mix the spaghetti with the sauce.

4. When everything is cooked, drain the pasta and broccoli and add into the sauce. Stir well and top with the halloumi cheese cubes.


  • Meat – You can add in some extra meat if you like, or you can swap the halloumi for something else salty, like bacon or ham.
  • Veggies – Similarly, add any veggies you think would work here.


In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving.

If you don’t serve this as soon as it’s cooked, you’ll find that the sauce absorbs into the pasta and dries out a little. It won’t affect the taste, but you may just want to add a splash of water when you warm it through.

In the freezer I’m not a big fan of freezing pasta as it can go quite mushy when defrosted and reheated.

All that said, there’s nothing wrong with freezing for lunch if you have leftovers, it’s just not quite as good as fresh or reheated from the fridge.

Top tip

Cooking times

These timings assume you are using pasta that takes 10 minutes to cook. If your pasta packaging says it needs longer, adjust the time accordingly, and remember to let the broccoli cook with the pasta for the last 5 minutes in the pan.


Can I make this as a vegan?

Yes, you’ll just need to omit the halloumi or find a vegan alternative, then you’re good to go.

Can I make a gluten-free version of this recipe?

Yes, just use gluten free pasta for this.

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5 from 15 votes

Halloumi Pasta {15 Minute Meal}

This super speedy Halloumi Pasta takes just 15 minutes to throw together. So simple but so delicious. Satisfaction in under a quarter of an hour… you can’t ask for more than that!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 450 g Halloumi, Cut into chunks, see notes
  • 300 g Pasta, Your preference
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and crushed
  • 300 g Broccoli
  • 250 g Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Sweet smoked paprika
  • 500 g Passata
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat 1tbsp olive oil in your saute pan, over a medium heat. Add the cubes of halloumi and fry for 5 minutes until golden all over.
  • Meanwhile put the pasta on to cook in a large pan of salted water. Set a timer for 5 minutes (see notes below).
  • Once the halloumi is cooked, remove it from the pan, put into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan (no need to clean the pan) along with the onions and garlic. Fry on medium for 3-5 minutes until starting to soften.
  • When the timer for the pasta goes off, add the broccoli to the water to cook along with the pasta. Set the timer for a further 5 minutes.
  • In the saute pan, add the cherry tomatoes, smoked paprika, passata and plenty of salt and pepper. Pop the lid on and cook for the remaining 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • When the pasta and broccoli are cooked, drain and add to the sauce. Stir well, top with the cooked halloumi and serve.


Pasta cooking time: These timings assume you are using pasta that takes 10 minutes to cook. If your pasta packaging says it needs longer, adjust the time accordingly, so you let the broccoli cook with the pasta for the last 5 minutes.
Halloumi: We have used 2 x 225g packs of halloumi here. If you want to reduce the calories/fat or cost, you can use just 1 pack.


Calories: 793kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 40gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 1423mgPotassium: 1138mgFiber: 8gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1411IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 1216mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy, really yummy and felt really healthy with the cherry tomatoes and brocolli. Delicious smokey flavour and anything with halloumi is a win! Definitely joining my week day meals repitore 🙂