My family loves garlic, if you do as well this recipe will be a favorite.
Becky, a neighbor of my parent’s, gave them this recipe that her dad learned in Italy while they lived there for a few years when she was young. In her family, this recipe is served as a side dish along with grilled sausages or another piece of grilled meat.
In our family, we serve it as a main dish the majority of the time and it’s still loved by all.
Now, the recipe has you strain the garlic and red pepper flakes. Don’t toss them! We like to keep them one the side and those that really love the garlic flavor and want a bit more kick actually add it to their serving of pasta.
- 12 ounces penne noodles or any other kind-of noodles
- As much broccoli as you would like (1/2 -1 pound)
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you can add more to make spicier)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- Freshly grated parmesan
- Salt and pepper
- In a saucepan heat oil, pepper flakes, and crushed or minced garlic on low heat.
- Watch the oil as it can burn easily. Cook about 10-15 minutes.
- Strain out the garlic and pepper and set to the side.
- Bring water to boil and cook noodles according to package directions.
- Steam broccoli to desired doneness.
- When everything is done, add the broccoli to the pasta and drizzle with the oil mixture (can use the garlic and pepper, toss it, or serve on the side).
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Top with Parmesan cheese.
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