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Penne with Broccoli
Garlic Olive Oil
* 2–4 cloves of garlic
* ¼ cup (+ just a splash more) extra virgin olive oil
* 2–4 tablespoons grated Romano,
Parmesan, or aged (hard) Asiago cheese
* Dried Italian seasonings mix to taste (oregano, basil, rosemary)
* Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
(1) First steam or boil the broccoli until fork-tender (12 to 15 minutes). While broccoli is cooking infuse the olive oil with garlic as directed in my note below.
(2) When broccoli is finished cooking, drain it over a large bowl to catch the broccoli-infused water. Transfer this water to a deep pot, add more water, a splash of oil, and salt and boil the pasta according to package directions.
(3) Drain the pasta and return it to the same pot in which you boiled it. Toss in the broccoli. Drizzle on the garlic-infused olive oil and mix well with the pasta and broccoli. Mix in the grated cheese (to your taste) and dried Italian seasonings to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon). Finish with (optional) freshly ground black pepper.
How to quickly infuse garlic into olive oil: Place the oil in a small saucepan and place over low heat. Add roughly chopped and/or crushed garlic. (The chopping and crushing help to release the flavor.) Applying the heat to the garlic and oil will speed up the infusion. After ten minutes, check for desired flavor. If you’d like a stronger flavor, continue heating for another five minutes. Remove the garlic chunks from the oil, use in the recipe above, and...
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