Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Penne with Broccoli

I came across this recipe on Food network. Almost every show has a version of this versatile pasta dish. I have customized it to suit the needs of my family and it has become a staple on weekends or busy weeknights. Luckily everyone in our family in general loves broccoli. Taking advantage of this fact, I make this pasta with Broccoli. It is really simple to make and can be made in a jiffy.

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:

Mharo Rajasthan Recipes': Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday Event - 23rd November 2010 (Volume 17) 

Till the next post, take care everyone!!

12 comments:

aipi said...

Beautiful pasta dish..my kiddo will love this one..creamy n delicious!
Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Thanks so much Rupali for this delicious entry to our event. Sounds super, I am sure Aryan would love to eat it :)

swapna said...

Looks creamy and yummy....love it!!Thanks for visiting my space.Lovely space u got here!!

Amritha Kalyani said...

i love broccoli. your dish looks creamy. love the color and crushed peppers on top.

Malar Gandhi said...

Delicious preparation.

Sushma Mallya said...

nice recipe,nice to include broccoli this way,very creamy dish...

R said...

aipi, priya YM, swapna, amritha kalyani, malar gandhi, sushma mallya: thank you all for your genuine appreciation!

Biny Anoop said...

penne looking yummy...good combination with broccoli.

R said...

Biny Anoop: thanks!

vanishri bhat said...

Pasta is mouthwatering. i will definitely tr this one.

Ayush Kejriwal said...

thanks for visiting my blog - glad you liked it :-))

R said...

Vanishri: thanks!
Ayush: u r welcome!