This dish is so simple and easy to make. I can remember this friend of the family would always like to come over to the house with her broccoli and pasta and whip up a pasta dish in no time at all, I became fond of this dish because it is simple but tastes great and is a wonderful way to eat healthy. This dish is also light so after the holiday food you might want something light that isn’t heavy or rich and this dish fits right in. This dish is good if you are vegetarian, follow a low calorie diet, and of course love broccoli. Enjoy!
350 gr. of Orecchiette pasta*
1 medium head of broccoli
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp crushed red pepper
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
grated parmigiano reggiano
Salt to taste
Place a medium pot of salted water to boil. In the meantime cut your broccoli into small florets and set aside. Once water is boiling throw in your pasta follow cooking time on the box, stir and after 5 minutes throw in your broccoli as well, mixing occasionally.
At this point you can chop up your garlic very finely; put a small pan with the olive oil over medium flame and add your garlic and red pepper, once the garlic has started to sizzle you may turn off the flame and let rest. Your pasta and broccoli should be about ready now, so strain and return to pot, add your oil mixture and mix all ingredients well. Serve and add the Parmigiano. All done.
* you can substitute the orecchiette for whatever pasta you prefer.