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Spaghetti with Broccoli

The juxtaposed textures of the al dente spaghetti and the crisp-tender broccoli are surprising, yet pleasing. As is the slight saltiness of the pasta with the hint of sweetness from the broccoli. Then add fruity olive oil, fragrant garlic, and a hint of heat topped off with grated Parmesan for a sublimely simple yet exquisite side dish or light supper.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Spaghetti with Broccoli

  • 1 large broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 package spaghetti whole grain or regular
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated plus more for serving
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Spaghetti with Broccoli

  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted (the water should taste like the sea) water with a splash of olive oil to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, steam broccoli until crisp-tender, about 5-6 minutes. Blanche (toss into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and retain the bright green color, then drain well); set aside.
  3. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add back to the saucepan.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until just fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour over pasta in sauce pan.
  5. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and broccoli back into the pan and toss well with tongs.

Serving Suggestions

Serve hot with more Parmesan sprinkled over the top if desired.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring midway to distribute heat evenly.

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