Now that summer’s in full swing, invites to picnics and potlucks are quickly rolling in — and with just a bit of planning and effort, you can win the love and admiration of your fellow party-goers with homemade treats. These links will help.
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Here is a simple but delicious all in one meal! My kids really enjoyed it.
Garlic Broccoli Pasta with Toasted Breadcrumbs and Parmesan
I small head broccoli, cut into a few wedges
1 lb pasta (I used mezze penne)
1-2 thick slices of crusty bread
1 Tbs butter
1 clove garlic (or one frozen cube)
1 Tbs butter
2 cloves garlic or two frozen cubes
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt generously. Add broccoli (make sure it is large chunks so that it is easier to remove from the water when it is done cooking) and cook 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. Mince.
Add the pasta to the water and cook according to package.
Meanwhile, put the bread slices into a food processor and process until fine. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet, add 1 clove garlic (pressed or finely minced) and cook about 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and toss until coated. Cook a minute or two more until lightly golden. Remove from heat.
In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbs butter, add the remaining 2 cloves garlic (pressed or finely minced) and cook until aromatic (about 1 minute). Add cream and stir well. Then add broccoli. Toss until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.
When pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce. Toss well. Serve topped with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan.