Broccoli Stuff

A recipe that came out of my broke early 20’s. I was living with roommates who were also usually broke, and we all lived paycheck to paycheck. I was usually the one to cook, and tried to make meals of cheap ingredients taste delicious. The most requested meal that came out of that time was a combination of broccoli, pasta, and parmesan cheese that eventually became known simply as Broccoli Stuff.

Broccoli Stuff
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Evilmissmonkey
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 heads of broccoli
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound bite-sized pasta
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (powdered won’t taste as good here)
Instructions
  1. Get a few heads of Broccoli, and break them into bite sized pieces.
  2. Fill a large pan 3/4 full of water, and bring to a boil. Add a few splashes of salt, then toss in the broccoli florets. Cook for just a few minutes, long enough for the florets to green up, and the water to turn a light chartreuse.
  3. Scoop out the florets, and add the pasta – I like penne, but anything bite-sized will work. Cook the pasta until it’s al dente.
  4. In a large skillet, drizzle in the olive oil, and some minced garlic – I usually go for about 3-4 cloves – and let it start to get golden, then add in the cooked broccoli florets.
  5. Grind some pepper over the broccoli, and then add in the cooked pasta.
  6. Next, add a few pats of butter to the sides of the mixture, letting it melt down into it… mmm, butter…
  7. Toss the mixture around to get everything well-mixed.
  8. Turn off the heat, and sprinkle a good 1/4 to 1/2 cup of parmesan over the pan, let it melt a bit, then stir it in.

Previously published in part here: http://cookingwithevil.blogspot.com/2010/03/broccoli-stuff.html

Author: EvilMissMonkey

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