Simple Pasta with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Sometimes simple can be sublime, and if you’re a broccoli fan, you’ll love this classic combo with pasta, embellished with sun-dried tomatoes and lots of garlic. Complete the meal with a colorful salad that includes some chickpeas or any kind of bean.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 10 to 12 ounces pasta, any short chunky shape,
preferably whole grain (or gluten-free if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 to 3 good-sized broccoli crowns, cut into small bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 to 2/3 cups sliced sun-dried tomatoes (see note)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Dried hot red pepper flakes
- Lemon or lime wedges
Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute or two over low heat, just until golden.
Add the broccoli to the skillet along with about 1/4 cup water. Cover and steam over medium heat until the broccoli is bright green and just a little beyond tender-crisp. Remove from the heat.
Combine the cooked pasta with the broccoli mixture (along with any liquid remaining in the pan) and dried tomatoes in a serving container. Toss together and season with salt and pepper.
Serve at once, passing around dried hot red pepper flakes and lemon or lime wedges for embellishing individual portions.
Note: Since dried tomatoes are used generously in this dish, you may want to consider using those that are nice and moist but not oil-cured. But that’s entirely up to you.
Per Serving: 307.9 calories; 7.1g fat; 177.4mg sodium; 1,154.2mg potassium; 53.6g carbs; 14.8g fiber; 3.4g sugar; 15.7g protein