Boil water and cook a pound of penne pasta according to directions on the box. (I used mini penne pasta). While the pasta is cooking, we make the garlic sauce for the pasta. You could use store bought too but this is how I like to make it.
Take 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it over low heat. Add 2 tbsp of minced garlic and 2 tbsp of chopped shallots/onion. Cover and cook till everything is soft.
Then add 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour into it alongwith a pinch of salt. Cook on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes till the flour cooks and loses its raw smell. Then add 1 cup of half and half and 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly.
Keep stirring till the mixture is smooth and thickened. Adjust the sauce consistency by adding milk/half and half as required. It should not be too thick or thin. Add 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes (customize according to taste), 1 tsp basil and 2 tsp of italian seasoning and mix. To this add chopped and steamed broccoli florets, about 2 cups. Stir and cook for 3-4 mins.
To this add the cooked pasta along with a generous handful of Parmesan cheese. Mix thoroughly and serve hot with garlic bread!! This recipe is going to:
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