Recipe: Pepperoni Broccoli Pasta

I have great friends who share their great recipes with me-this is definitely one of them!

I have had this dish several times, but this was my first time to actually make it myself. I was quite impressed with how simple it was and how quickly it all came together! It was definitely in the 30 Minute Meal category! WIN!

Yummmm!

Yummmm!

Pepperoni Broccoli Pasta

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh broccoli ( about 2 pounds)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, halved
1 1/2 cups diced pepperoni
1 lb package bow-tie noodles ( I swapped this for a box of brown rice penne pasta)
1/2 stick butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Trim broccoli and wash.  Cook fresh broccoli in water in a large skillet about 5 minutes until crispy tender; drain well (set aside). HINT: cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in same skillet with garlic pieces for 5 minutes, but do not allow the garlic to brown. (This is what gives garlic a bitter taste.)  Remove garlic pieces; add diced pepperoni and cook about 5 minutes.  Add broccoli and brown lightly.
  3. Cook pasta, following label directions; drain and return to kettle. HINT: start water for pasta when you are working on the broccoli, that way you can put pasta in to cook about the time you are cooking the pepperoni.
  4. Add butter to pasta and toss to coat evenly. Add Parmesan cheese and toss well; then add broccoli-pepperoni mixture and toss them all gently to distribute evenly in pasta.
  5. Turn out onto heated serving platter and serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if you wish. 

*note-HINTs in italics are my addition.

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