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Pasta Con I Broccoli May 31, 2012

Filed under: RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 6:17 pm

This is a very easy one-pot dinner that is quick and yummy!  Most of the ingredients you should already have in your pantry.  The time it takes from start to finish is only a couple of minutes longer than it takes to make a pound of pasta!

Even though it is a pasta dish, it is not as heavy as one with a red or cream sauce.  Served as an accompaniment to meat or poultry, or as the meal itself with a salad, this is one of my “go to” meals when I don’t really feel like cooking!


1lb pasta (sometimes I use linguini, sometimes farfalle.  It si up to you)

1 bunch of broccoli-just the florets

2 cloves of garlic, minced

olive oil

crushed red pepper flakes to your taste


Freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese


Following the directions on the pasta box, boil your water, salting it when it just comes to a boil.

Add pasta.

While pasta is cooking, mince your garlic and get your broccoli ready.

Five minutes before pasta is done, add your broccoli to the pot.

Reserve about one cup of the pasta water.

Drain pasta and broccoli in colander.

Using the same pot as before, heat enough olive oil to cover bottom of pot.  Add your garlic and pepper flakes being careful that the garlic does not burn.

When your garlic is just turning light brown, add your pasta and broccoli to the pot.  Turn off the heat.

Toss everything in the pot.  If it is too dry and the pasta clumps together add some reserved liquid a little at a time until it is how you like.

Before you serve, add your grated cheese.

One pot-easy clean up!


Dig in!!!

Filed under: RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 6:16 pm

All plated up and ready to enjoy!


All done!

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Ready to be plated.


Reserve a cup of cooking liquid.

Filed under: RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 6:15 pm

I just use a mug because it has a handle to scoop out some of the cooking liquid.


Everything cooks in one pot!

Filed under: RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 6:15 pm

Five minutes before the pasta is ready, add the cut up pieces of brocolli.  Bring it back up to a light boil.


Ingredients for Pasta Con I Broccoli

Filed under: RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 6:14 pm

These are the ingredients for this simple, yet satisfying dish.  Most of these things a well-stocked pantry should have.


Quote of the Day May 30, 2012

Filed under: QUOTES — lespetitesbouchees @ 9:01 pm

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.”  Christina Rossetti, author