easy, cheesy broccoli pasta

Easy. The key word. By that I mean, you pretty much stick everything in a pot of boiling water and you’re done. With a few seasoning steps sprinkled in, this recipe has become a staple in our household because of its convenience, comfort, and fresh ingredients. Takes 20 minutes tops.

Here are your ingredients –

– 5 cups broccoli FIVE CUPS! About two heads. I made the mistake of only getting one head the first round and didn’t have nearly enough. Once it’s all boiled down and chopped up, it’ll won’t look like so much.

– 16 oz of nice pasta Conchiglie is my favorite for this dish

– Parmeasan cheese to taste I highly reccommend going big or going home here. Meaning get the block of parm if you can and grate it

– Two cloves of garlic, minced

– 1 tbsp live oil

– One lemon

– Salt & pepper

3, 2, 1, Go

chopped broccoli in measuring cup and on cutting board

1. First, start by chopping the broccoli into small bite size pieces. About half way through, start heating a large pot of salted water to boil. Rinse the broccoli and set aside

2. Once the water is boiling, toss the pasta and broccoli in together and follow the cooking instructions of the pasta, stirring regularly. Usually about 8 to 9 minutes, but have a taste-test to make sure.

3. Drain the pasta and broccoli together in a strainer, saving about 3/4 cup of the water. Set aside both for a few minutes.

4. Heat the olive oil in the same pot, then add the minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Once it begins to golden, add the juice of a 1/2 lemon. Stir until the garlic is golden brown. Tip: I know there are a handful of people out there who insist on doing things the old fashioned way, but I use this handy garlic chopper to save myself a little sanity. All you have to do is cut the garlic into smallish pieces, and the roller will do the rest. You can find these at most kitchen stores.

garlic cloves and garlic chopper with pieces of garlic in it
broccoli parmesan pasta recipe in a bowl with garlic and pieces of broccoli around it on wooden table

5. Add the pasta, broccoli, and pasta water. Stir until well mixed. Then squeeze in the remaining lemon and add more salt and pepper to taste. Throw the parmesan cheese in, stirring as you go to make sure all the pasta is coated evenly.

6. Serve! Add more parmesan on top for garnish.

So easy. Simple ingredients, simple steps, but a pretty satisfying dish. When we don’t know what to make for dinner, this one usually pops into our heads and we can whip it up within the half hour.

One more Kate-tip: I personally find food-prep incredibly underwhelming, so bring over your laptop and keep yourself entertained with Netflix while chopping. Will make the task go by way faster. Or thrown on ABBA and have a dance party.

Tryyyy this. Worst thing that’ll happen is you end up eating some pasta.

oh hey beautiful. thanks for reading my blog post! how was it? to get in contact find me on IG: katerosehayes or shoot me a message katerosehayes@gmail.com. I’d love to be in touch!

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