It’s been a busy week. My mom had her second knee replacement surgery a week ago, so there were a few days of hospital time and then adjusting when we got home. So this week I was looking for a quick meal that produced lots of leftovers but was something I didn’t mind eating on for a bit…that usually means pasta. (Hey, I’m just keeping it real, okay?) I saw this recipe for Creamy Broccoli Pasta over on the site A Beautiful Mess, and I was intrigued.
First off, if you aren’t familiar with the site A Beautiful Mess, well maybe you should be. It’s chock full of DIY, crafy projects, recipes, decorating & style tips…ladies come check this site out. Two sisters who have a lot of fun sharing cool ideas…that’s for sure. And I hadn’t made anything recipes off of their blog before, so now seemed like a perfect time.
What really drew me to this recipe was the fact that almost all of the ingredients were easy to find. When you live in a small town, all of the ingredients I’m used to finding are scarce (to put it mildly). And venturing out to the big city wasn’t an option this week, so easy to find ingredients were a must. The only thing I couldn’t get my hands on was fresh basil, because well this frozen tundra we call the Midwest certainly killed any fresh basil we had. So I opted for freeze-dried basil and it worked great. It’s all about making stuff work for you while still being as true to the flavors as you can.
Did I mention this dish was easy? Cuz it was…love that! Just cook some broccoli so that it can be mashed by a fork. I cooked mine in a steamer in the microwave. Then cook linguine or fettuccini according to the package. As the pasta cooks, blend the cooked broccoli, garlic cloves, and basil in a blender until it’s well pureed. Then in a large sauce pan add the broccoli mixture along with 2 egg yolks, and heavy cream. Then add the cooked pasta right to the pan along with some grated Parmesan cheese. Toss it all together and you’re all done.
I could eat this pasta as a meal, but if you must have meat, then that’s cool too. I think it’d be awesome with shrimp or chicken mixed in it or on top. Yum! I’m definitely going the shrimp route next time. I also have been eating my leftover pasta alongside some chicken nuggets, which has been quite delightful!
Plus with the broccoli pureed and a sauce made from it, it’s a great way to get a bit sneaky. Those broccoli haters in your life may just get tricked into liking it after all.
I can’t wait for you to try this one out. Just click here for the recipe and step by step instructions. Enjoy!!
A look back:
One year ago: Breaking Tradition with Sausage, Spinach and Feta Quiche
Two years ago: Apple Cranberry Pie…Happy Thanksgiving to Me!
Three years ago: Mini Apple Pies Are Something to be Thankful For