I know. I have been MIA for the last 2 months or so. Summer has been incredibly busy with my sisters wedding, buying a home and many trips to the beach. Now that summer is winding down I am ready to get back into it and break in my new kitchen! It is amazing to go from having zero counter space and tiny appliances to a full sized modern kitchen! I am looking forward to creating many meals in my new space!
Today I was on one of my missions. I have just returned from a family trip in Vegas so on this Friday evening I needed a break from going out to dinner but still wanted something delicious. I also wanted something that was easy. My mission was to buy some cavatellis (a ricotta pasta found in the frozen aisle). So after work I did just that. Cavatellis with broccoli was one of the only meals I would eat growing up when I was super picky (and I would eat around the broccoli) and it is still one of my favorites today. I changed it up by using broccolini this time around but regular broccoli (frozen or fresh) or even broccoli rabe would work just great.
1 cup frozen cavatellis
1 and 1/2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped broccolini
1/2 cup chicken broth
S&P to taste
Grated part or asiago cheese to top
Begin bringing your water to a boil to cook the pasta. As you’re waiting for that add olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper to a pan on medium-low heat. Cook until garlic is starting to soften and then add the broccolini. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté all together ensuring not to burn the garlic. Once the broccolini turns a darker green you can add the chicken broth and lower the heat.**
Once your water is boiling make sure to salt your water. The cavatellis will finish cooking pretty quickly. You know then are done when they begin to float. Strain and add to sauce pan. Coat and sprinkle on some cheese and warm it all together. Top with more cheese for serving and pour yourself a glass of white wine.
**If you opt to use frozen broccoli do not add it to the sauce. Instead throw the frozen broccoli into the boiling pasta water just before it is done cooking. It will only need a few seconds and you don’t want to over cook them and make the mushy.