Monday, May 7, 2012

Easy Broccoli Pasta

Life is never just the way we want it. But it is so possible to choose happiness, to make the most of every potentially special moment, and to just soak up what you've got, you know? Yep. I know you know. And right now I know. And I am just so very thankful! My roommates are the best and the funniest, our house is delightfully quaint and is finally coming together (albeit slowly) AND I have a lovely, bright, large kitchen! Yay!

On top of all of the usual busy things happening over here plus the move, I just scored a job at my favorite store, Anthropologie! Eeeeeeeeeeee! As scary as a job in retail is for someone who has only ever been a musician, I'm super excited to work in such a creative environment, to keep blogging and to also be practicing and performing! Might be living the life over here people, so look out.

All of this to say, I've got a terrible case of the Mondays. And there's no way I'm making anything fancy for dinner tonight. So, here's a little recipe from my kitchen to yours. Super simple with fresh ingredients, healthy pasta (I used Ezekiel sprouted grain pasta) and a little reminder to always salt as you go. Salt the water you cook veggies in and always, always salt your pasta water. That's what I'm learning! Happy Monday!

Monday Night Broccoli Pasta
serves 4-6

1 head of broccoli, florets!
1 pound of pasta
4 tbs olive oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp chili flakes
1/2 c parmesan

- In a large pot, steam broccoli in boiling, salted water for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Remove with slotted spoon and reserve a bit of the cooking liquid. Cook the pasta, drain, and remove. In the same pot, heat olive oil and add garlic and chili to toast for about one minute. Add in broccoli for a few minutes to toast, add in pasta. Stir in parmesan and a bit of the reserved cooking liquid to thicken the sauce. Serve warm by itself or with a protein of your choice.


  1. I think this one is right down my alley! I'm going to try it :)

  2. Monday is a bad day... hahaha but this looks like the perfect dish to get through it!!!

  3. Congrats on the new gig at Anthropologie! I fear if I worked there I would never bring home a paycheck- I'd probably just have to sign it over for all the stuff I'd buy. Glad to hear you're settling in with the new roomies. With a terrific cook like you in the house I'm sure they're ecstatic to have you. And don't let the Monday grumpies get you down... happens to us all.

  4. This recipe sounds delightful...I do an oven-roasted broccoli with all of these ingredients plus a little lemon juice and zest tossed after roasting. It's amazing -- maybe try this with lemon sometime?

  5. Congratulations on your new job! And, you've just happened to have made one of my favorite meals. I love broccoli with pasta, and the sprouted grain pasta sounds great.