Pasta Broccoli - Grandma's Version


2 broccoli crowns ,washed and chopped

5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled & minced

olive oil

1 pound of linguini

salt and pepper to taste

Locatelli cheese, grated (Pecorino Romano)

sauté pan

8qt pot

3qt pot​

1. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil. Add minced garlic. Cook on low-medium heat while stirring for 1 minute. Turn off heat and set sauté pan aside.(do not brown the garlic)

​2. Place chopped broccoli in a large 8 qt pot. Fill with water, and 2 TBL of salt. Place pot on stove and bring to a boil. When broccoli starts to turn bright green. Turn heat under sauté pan back on to medium heat.

3. With a slotted spoon, spoon out broccoli and add to sauté pan. (*Immediately put a 3-4 qt pot in the sink with a colander on top of it.) Stir to coat broccoli with olive oil and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook 3-5 minutes. Bring pot of water to a boil (same water used for broccoli) add 1-2 TBL of salt to water. **I like to sauté the broccoli until it just starts to get soft. This way the little bits stick to the pasta. If you like your broccoli more firm, cook 2-3 minutes. ​

4. Stir linguini into boiling salted water. Cook time is indicated on package directions. ​

5. Drain pasta and let some of the water fall into the small pot, set aside.​

6. Stir broccoli and pasta together. Serve topped with locatelli and a drizzle of pasta water. ​​

*Other Toppings...

Red pepper flakes

Lemon zest

Olive oil

Lemon olive oil

Grilled shrimp

Grilled chicken​​​

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