Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pasta and Broccoli

This is a staple meal in our house. I make this so often, we should be sick of this...but we're not! It's a 1 pot wonder as I call it. The pasta is perfectly al dente and the broccoli is tender with a nice crunch every time. It's a quick meal and broccoli has calcium and lots of fiber so its a healthy meal. You could use whole wheat pasta to make it more impactful if you choose. With this recipe, you'll get it perfect every time. I like to buy whats fresh and whats on sale. I always have lots of fresh vegetables in the fridge for recipe's like these.

 You'll need:

1 big head of broccoli, cut into Italian bite size pieces, the kind you have to open your mouth wide to fit in.

5 big pieces of garlic, smashed and cut in half. I leave them big so who ever doesn't want a garlic bit can pick them out....I can't imagine why though.

1 pound pasta, I used mezzi rigatoni, and always use Barilla pasta.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.

Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

Salt and Pepper

Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil
Add 1/8 cup salt to water
Add pasta to boiling water. Cook the pasta 7 of the 10-11 minutes suggested on the box.
While pasta is cooking fry garlic in small frying pan in oil until golden.
Add broccoli to pasta and water for minutes 8-10.
Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water then drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.
Add garlic and oil to pot and mix well.
Divide among 8 bowls (or 6 larger bowls) and add grated cheese and ground pepper to top each bowl.

Total cost for entire meal: $3.75!!!

Chocolate brown colored garlic is too dark and tastes like charcoal, so shoot for golden. My trick is to fry it on medium until the garlic looks like its got a tan then shut it off and let the heat of the oil take it to golden. The garlic is so tasty we fight over it!


  1. Julia, our family loves this dish! The website looks great I can't wait to try and duplicate some of these delicious recipes. Keep them coming!

  2. HI! I found you via Ginas skinny site and your recipes look amazing! So glad to see you are including a photo...very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. We love pasta around here and I look forward to adding these recipes to our arsenal!

  3. Hi, also an avid fan of Gina's and came to check out your page. Italian is something everyone in my household likes so I'm sure I will be frequenting your blog. This recipe is on my menu plan for this week! YUM

  4. Made this for dinner last night. Delicious and so easy. Perfect for me -- my guys however added some chicken breast. So quick and easy. Perfect for a busy night.

  5. Love it! Delicious and easy enough to make while I was helping my kids with homework at the same time.

  6. hi Amy, love your blog. I agree with you, its fast and easy enough even with homework involved! Glad you like it and thank you for visiting my site.

  7. I just found your site through, and I love it! My family loves Italian food, and I'm trying to learn how to cook it, so I'm sure I'll be frequenting your blog often...thanks!

  8. I recently found your site. I made this pasta and broccoli tonight. So simple yet so much better than what I was making, and my kids actually ate the broccoli!


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