Easy Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Updated: May 19

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/three heads. I made the mistake of only getting one head the first round and didn't have nearly enough.

- 16 oz of 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 and grate it

- Two cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tbsp live oil

- One lemon

3, 2, 1, Go

1. First, start heating a large pot of salted water to boil. Then begin chopping the broccoli into bite sized pieces. 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.

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.

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

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