Okay, so I know that it is suppose to be Pasta con Broccoli, but I added so much broccoli that I felt that the pasta should be the object and not the subject (or something like that?). I’ve been wanting to make a pasta dish for a while, and since pasta with broccoli is my favorite combo, I decided to search for some recipes. Almost all the well-rated recipes I came across included about the same ingredients. But I looked at this one on All Recipes, and I read the modifications that other people made before deciding how to make my own.
Broccoli con Pasta
I gathered up my ingredients…
I also used a touch of butter, EVOO and red pepper flakes that are not pictured. After getting everything into one place, I got to work. I chopped my two mushrooms, a 1/4 of a sweet onion and started browning my garlic in the butter and EVOO. But as I was cooking, I realized that my precious Le Creuset pot that West so sweetly bought me after I saw Julie & Julia (because I just had to have the same cookware if I were ever going to make anything worth eating) was sitting empty in my cabinet.
My apologies little pot! I will try to use you soon. After the T. of garlic had been in the pan for about two minutes, I added the onion, and then after another two minutes, the mushrooms with a T. of white wine.
When the mushrooms started to darken, I decided to add the liquids. I put 2 ounces of tomato sauce, 1/2 C. of cream and 1/2 C. of water. Then I added a good bit of black pepper, some sea salt and a few heavy sprinkles of red pepper flakes (when I write “heavy sprinkles” I think about people in my writer’s workshop classes telling me that that is impossible because sprinkles has connotations and denotations of being light, ha).
While the sauce simmered, I threw the 7 ounces of pasta in boiling water and cooked it for 6 minutes before adding 2 cups of fresh broccoli.
Doesn’t it look like some type of happy swamp? While the pasta and broccoli cooked for another six minutes, I added 1/8 cup of the parmigiano-reggiano to the sauce. Then, I drained the pasta and broccoli, added it to the sauce, stirred it around and threw on the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.
Not gonna lie, this was really good. I think it’s pretty simple, so if you don’t have anything against fat and dairy, try it!