Easy Penne with Broccoli and Pesto Recipe

Remember grannies recipes?  If she made Penne with Broccoli and Pesto, the recipe didn’t come from some new idea made up for online ratings.  Some of these recipes have been in my family for generations.  My gran was born 1896.  If you like Easy food then we have plenty of recipes including more broccoli / pesto recipes.

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Penne with Broccoli and Pesto Ingredients

Easy Penne with Broccoli and Pesto

  • makes 3 to 4 servings
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (chapter 8: party snacks)
  • salt for the pasta water
  • ¾ pound penne
  • 1 large head of broccoli (1½ pounds) cut into 2-inch spears
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Method

  • 1. Pour The Olive Oil Into A Large Bowl. Add The Pesto And Whisk Until Uniformly Blended. Set Aside.
  • 2. Put A Large Pot Of Cold Water To Boil Over High Heat, And Add A Tablespoon Of Salt. Place A Large Colander In The Sink. When The Water Boils, Add The Penne, Keeping The Heat High. Cook For Close To The Amount Of Time Recommended On The Package. Taste The Pasta, And When It Looks Like The Penne Have About A Minute Or So To Go, Add The Broccoli Directly To The Boiling Water. (The Broccoli Will Cook In Seconds.) When The Pasta And Broccoli Are Just Tender Enough To Bite Into Comfortably But Not Yet Mushy, Ladle Out And Save About 1 Cup Of The Pasta Water, Then Dump The Remaining Water-Plus-Pasta-Plus-Broccoli Into The Colander. Shake To Mostly Drain (It’S Okay To Leave Some Water Clinging), And Then Transfer The Pasta-Plus-Broccoli To The Pesto Mixture.
  • 3. Mix Well, So All Of The Pasta And Broccoli Is Evenly Coated With Pesto And Olive Oil. Toss In The Parmesan As You Mix (It Will Melt, Coating Everything Nicely), And Then Stir In The Salt Plus About 6 Grinds Of Black Pepper (Or To Taste). If The Pasta Looks Dry, Stir In Some Of The Reserved Pasta Water, A Few Tablespoons At A Time. Serve The Pasta Hot, Warm, At Room Temperature, Or Even Cold.
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