A beautiful Italian pasta recipe with broccoli and peas! I use this recipe as a healthy alternative to a heavy sauce. Vegetarian too with lots of flavor!
Bring a large pot of water to a boil
Meanwhile wash and trim the broccoli and cut them into small florets .. TIP: For some of the stalks, you can shave off the outer part and then dice them in small pieces
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan (I used our 5.5 qt. Cuisinart French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless pan which I love!)
Add in the sliced garlic and saute for about 3 minutes until fragrant
Add in the broccoli and about 1/4 cup water (this is not the reserved water mentioned above)
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to directions
Meanwhile, cook broccoli until tender – a bright green. You do not want these mushy – you want them with some crunch
When the pasta is done, transfer pasta to the large frying pan and mix with the broccoli (if you have to drain the pasta – don’t forget to reserve 1/4 cup of the water!)
Serve on plates or pasta bowls, and top with the grated Romano cheese and pepper flakes for those who like some spice.