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Shells with Broccoli

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Close your eyes and you're in the south of Italy! Well, not quite, but this is a popular way to enjoy pasta the way Southern Italians do.

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 20 min


What You'll Need:

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

1 pound shell pasta or similar shape

1 head broccoli, cut into florets with 1-inch stems

1/4 pound pepperoni, diced

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


What To Do:

1. In a small skillet over low heat, heat olive oil and butter until melted; stir in garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Cook until garlic is soft, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Do not let the garlic brown.)

2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta and broccoli 8 to 10 minutes, or until both are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water.

3. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl. Toss with garlic mixture, reserved cooking water, and pepperoni. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.


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