For those of you who don’t like garlic (or those who are of the Vampire persuasion, I don’t judge), this is not a recipe for you. This is a classic Italian dish that was taught to my family by my long time Vegetarian and Italian Aunt Lori. Though some modifications have been made over the years, it’s still as delicious as ever! What could be more tasty then broccoli, spaghetti, olive oil and copious amounts of garlic? If you answered nothing, then try this out! You won’t be disappointed.
What you will need:
- 1 lb Spaghetti (you could use Angel Hair or Capellini.)
- 1 lb Broccoli crowns, cut into bite sized pieces (stems too!)
- 1 1/4 Cup Olive Oil (use really good stuff for this!)
- 2 Small Bulbs of Garlic (minced)
- Salt to taste.
- My first step in pasta dish making is always putting on a pot of salted water. While that is on, start prepping your broccoli and your garlic. I know it seems like quite a lot, but it is the main flavor of this dish. Hey I warned you.
- When the water comes to a boil, here is where it gets slightly complicated. If you are using regular spaghetti, put the broccoli in first and after about 3 minutes, add the pasta. If you are using thin, angel hair or capellini, put the broccoli in about 7 minutes before the pasta. Also, it depends are how done you like your broccoli and your spaghetti. You may have to make this dish a few times before you get your combo just right.
- While all that is boiling away on the stove, you need to get out your favorite sauce pan (or just a deep frying pan will work fine). Put the olive oil and garlic and a little pinch of salt in and begin to sauté it at a very low heat. If you burn the garlic it will be bitter, by slowly cooking it, it will be sweet. Don’t ever let the garlic turn brown! That’s a death sentence. Trust me, I’ve done it before.
- After the pasta is to your liking, drain the whole kit and kaboodle. Put it back in the pot still slightly watery. Then pour on your olive oil/garlic mix. Toss, season with some salt and what you have there is a fantastic main course and a great alternative to the humdrum spaghetti night.
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