Cavatelli & Broccoli

CAVATELLI & BROCCOLI

cavatelli

Here is a dish you can enjoy all year long regardless of whether vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are available fresh.  In fact, after another snow storm, I went out to the supermarket to find whatever I can to make dinner that night.  Seems that only frozen foods were in stock, nothing fresh.  So, I got the frozen Andrea brand cavatelli and a Shop-Rite brand package of  “Winter Blend”  broccoli and cauliflower.  So, now I have a very simple go-to meal from basically everything every kitchen should have any time of year: olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic, which will flavor nearly anything and make it taste great.  So here is the super simple recipe…

Bring a pot of water for your pasta to a boil.  Once boiling, add a good amount of salt, and toss in your vegetables.  If they are fresh, cook less than 5 minutes, if frozen, no more than 10 minutes.

While that is going, heat your pan with a little bit of butter and olive oil.  Add in garlic, salt, pepper, and even some crushed red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.  After a few mins on medium heat, take a slotted spoon and remove your vegetables from the boiling water and add to the pan.  As long as you don’t splatter, don’t worry about a little water going into the pan, you will need to add more later anyway to help create the sauce.

Add your cavatelli (or any pasta) to the boiling water, and once cooked, take it out, add to the pan of vegetables and stir through with another small amount of butter (vegetables love butter, and this will help the sauce stick to the pasta).  If it looks too dry, simply add a splash or two of the pasta water to help coat all the pasta.

From here, you are all set, and if you think you need more, a squeeze of lemon is nice, or even some grated cheese, but certainly not both.

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4-5)

  • 3-5 Cloves Fresh Garlic, sliced thin
  • 12 oz Package of Broccoli and/or Cauliflower
  • 12 oz Package of Fresh or Frozen Cavatelli
  • 1 Ounce Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Chili Flake (optional)
  • Fresh Lemon and/or Grated Cheese (optional)

This recipe can vary to any taste, you can omit the garlic, add more pepper, or choose any pasta you like and even add a splash of white wine if you do not have lemon.  Its a very simple, very basic recipe which anyone can cook.  Just remember the 2 most important things: pasta, vegetables and some sort of fat, whether it be olive oil or butter, or both.  And, naturally salt and pepper goes with any dish.

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