BOWTIES AND BROCCOLI

This insanely simple dinner “cheat” is ready in minutes and will keep you full for hours. Bowties and Broccoli is my go-to lazy weeknight dinner.
 PREP TIME: 5 mins
 COOK TIME: 10 mins
 TOTAL TIME: 15 mins
SERVINGS: 6 person

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 lb frozen broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Pinch crushed red pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Boil until the pasta is al dente (7-10 minutes). Add the frozen broccoli florets to the boiling pasta water, turn off the heat, and let sit for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.
  • Transfer the pasta and broccoli back to the pot (with the heat off) or to a bowl and add the butter. Toss until the butter has melted and coated everything. Add the Parmesan, salt, freshly cracked pepper, and red pepper flakes, then toss to coat again. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve immediately.

STEP BY STEP PHOTOS

Bowties and Broccoli Ingredients

It always amazes me how just a couple of ingredients can make such a satisfying meal. This really is SO simple and SO good. I keep these ingredients stocked and eat this often. This is all I need for about six servings (not all of the butter, Parm, and pepper were used for six servings).

Bowtie Servings

If you’re making one serving at a time, you can either estimate 1/6th of the bag of pasta, or check the back to see if it gives a volume of dry pasta for the serving size. The measurement will change depending on the shape of the pasta, but for this bowtie shape 1/6th of the bag is roughly 3/4 cup. So that helps me keep serving sizes in check.

Boil Pasta and Broccoli

First bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Boil the pasta just until it’s tender (7-10 minutes). Once tender, add the frozen broccoli (estimate an equal volume to the pasta) directly to the pot and turn off the heat. Let it sit for a minute or two, or just until the broccoli is slightly tender, but has a bit of crunch left and is still bright green. If you prefer your broccoli a lot softer, you can leave the heat on for a minute or so and let it continue to boil, but I prefer mine to still have some tooth.

Drain Pasta and Broccoli

Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander.

Melt Butter

Transfer the drained pasta and broccoli to a bowl, or back to the cooking pot (with the heat off). Add 1/2 Tbsp butter for each serving you’re preparing, then toss until the butter melts and coats everything.

Add Parmesan Salt and Pepper

Once everything is coated in melted butter, sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp grated Parmesan for each serving, plus salt and pepper to taste, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (if desired). 

This insanely simple dinner "cheat" is ready in minutes and will keep you full for hours. Bowties and Broccoli is my go-to lazy weeknight dinner. BudgetBytes.com

Toss briefly again so that everything is coated in Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.

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