Penne with Broccoli
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This quick and easy meal is full of flavor, a bit of heat and bright and colorful. Kids and adults alike will love this one! Recipe source: The Food Network
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 pound box of Farfalle pasta (or substitute your favorite. We used Penne today.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (I've used garlic powder before, works just as well)
  • ¼ cup good quality olive oil
  • 3 generous Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds of fresh broccoli, cleaned and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • ⅔ cup shredded mozzarella cheese or grated Parmesan (according to preference)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Salt
  1. In a large pasta pot, boil pasta in salted, boiling water until 5 minutes before it's done.
  2. Add the broccoli into your pasta water at the 5 minute mark. (If you're cooking pasta that takes 10 minutes to al dente, add your broccoli after it's been cooking for 5 minutes.)
  3. Once pasta is cooked to your liking, drain pasta and broccoli, saving 1 cup of the pasta water for your sauce.
  4. While your pasta and broccoli are cooking, heat olive oil and butter in a large saute pan.
  5. Once butter is melted, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Take care not to burn the spices - if the pan starts to get too hot, turn it off.
  6. Add the drained pasta and broccoli and the reserved pasta water to the saute pan.
  7. Toss so the sauce covers all of the pasta noodles.
  8. Sprinkle with pepper and salt if desired, and garnish with shredded cheese.
  9. Enjoy!
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