Monday, September 20, 2010

Quick & Tasty: Penne with Broccoli

Busy days, I love them!  I'm the type that always has to be doing something otherwise I go stir crazy, sort of like my 16 month old son.   So, when it came time to think about dinner, Penne with Broccoli was my ticket.  This is my go-to recipe for quick, easy & flavorful.  It's a solid recipe, but I add some grilled chicken to make it complete.

Thanks Lisa for sharing this recipe with me :)


  • 1 1/2  pounds  broccoli florets
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 3  cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  hot chili flakes
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12  ounces  dried penne pasta
  • 1/3  cup  grated pecorino romano cheese


1. Rinse broccoli and trim and discard stem ends. Coarsely chop tops and stems. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat, stir olive oil and garlic often until garlic sizzles, then stir in broccoli, chili flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is very soft and mashes easily with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water to pan if broccoli threatens to scorch.
2. Meanwhile, in a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 4 quarts water to a boil; add penne and cook until tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and return to pan.
3. Stir broccoli mixture into pasta along with cheese. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Looks lovely. Oh, and I love love love the new blog look!

  2. Thanks and thanks! I wanted something more custom, so I spent way too many hours figuring out how to edit photos the other night. :)

  3. I love penne and brocolli, never thought of putting them together... thanks for sharing this recipe.