You can’t beat a pasta dish for being simple, fast, and delicious. I think I could eat pasta every day of the week… except I tend to have to stay away from carbs… and my family would probably revolt.
Still when I am in a hurry I tend to reach for pasta first.
This dish is full of flavor, texture, and and extra dash of yum. It would be great with grilled chicken breast or shrimp added to it as a main course, or keep it simple and use as is for a fabulous vegetarian meal.
My frustration is the images in this post. We have had lots of rain and many of images lately have been taken with not-so-perfect light with my not-so-perfect camera. I tried seven ways to Sunday to try to get the weird color out of the images and couldn’t. I decided that they looked like 1970s Polaroids so that is how I am posting them.
Looks like it’s straight from you mom’s (grandmom’s) recipe box, huh?
Make sure that your butter is melted and hot before you add the breadcrumbs or else you will end up with soggy breadcrumbs. The whole dish is sort of dependent on the breadcrumbs being garlicky and crunchy so if they aren’t right the entire dish will be off.
Seriously… give it a try. I think you will love it.
It makes a great side dish with Braised Spicy Chicken with Olives and Basil.
Recipe: Broccoli and Pasta with Garlic Bread Crumbs
Summary: tender broccoli and pasta topped with garlic bread crumbs and parmesan
- 1/4 c butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Pinch of crushed red pepper
- 2 cups breadcrumbs (sour dough works really well)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked a la dente
- 1 large head broccoli, cooked
- 1/2 c grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Melt the butter in a heavy pan, add the garlic and crushed pepper.
- Saute for a few minutes.
- Add the breadcrumbs, mixing and spreading them across the bottom of the pan.
- Toast the crumbs until they are dry and golden.
- Set aside. Mix the broccoli and pasta.
- Add the bread crumbs and the Parmigiano-Reggiano and toss lightly.
Use cauliflower or shredded Brussels sprouts instead of broccoli
Cooking time (duration): 15
Number of servings (yield): 8
Meal type: dinner
Culinary tradition: Italian
|Nutrition Information:serving size 1/8th of the recipe|