1. Do I want a bowl of broccoli?
2. Do I want a bowl of delicious pasta with garlicky, aromatic broccoli on top?
Well? Which would you choose?
I know which way I'd go, and it's a simple, quick way to fashion a light veggie-based dinner or an excellent pasta course.
It didn't take long, either. Here's how:
- Whack a good-size broccoli "tree" into florets, and cut the stem, after discarding the woody base, into small dice.
- Bring lightly salted water to a boil in a small pot, simmering the broccoli stem dice from the start. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the florets, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until the broccoli is crisp-tender. Drain and reserve.
- Start spaghetti cooking in a large pot with ample, salted water.
- Slice two or three big cloves of garlic thin, and saute the slices in good olive oil with a little dried-red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt. Add the blanched broccoli, stir, and leave over very low heat while the flavors blend.
- Drain the finished pasta and put it in warm bowls. Top with the broccoli and finish with a little grated Grana Padano cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Serve and enjoy.