Cavatelli with Broccoli {Meatless Monday}

Monday, March 31, 2014
This is one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes. It's light. It's easy, and it's perfect for any season of the year but especially spring. I've included it in many menu plans, but for some reason, I've never posted the delicious recipe.

Until now...


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 cups broccoli florets
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, more if you prefer spicier
1-1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1-16 oz. package of frozen cavatelli, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot.

2. Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Burned garlic is bitter.

3. Add the broccoli, salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and cook for about 3 minutes.

4. Add chicken broth and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Cook the pasta according to package direction. When finished, drain pasta and add it to the broccoli mixture. Toss well to combine.

6. Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano sprinkled on top.

This dish pairs wonderfully with a glass of chardonnay.

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