I have loved broccoli since I was a kid and I have also loved pasta for as long as I can remember. So why not put them together? My dad has been making this pasta forever. He used to call it the 'poor man's pasta' since pasta is always cheap, and broccoli isn't very expensive either. Many of my friends who have tried this pasta love it and always ask for the recipe. If you know my dad, you know he does not use recipes, he just knows it off the top of his head. This is great for him, but not so great for the rest of us who want to recreate his dishes. So last time he was cooking this delicious pasta dish, I watched him and made notes to come up with a 'recipe' of sorts.
- a head of broccoli (add more if you're cooking for lots of people)
- 6-10 cloves of garlic (depending on size and how much garlic you like)
- pasta (according to how many you are cooking for)
- olive oil
Chop up broccoli into pieces and place in large pot of water. Bring to boil and cook for 15 minutes, the broccoli should be overcooked. Do not strain water. Remove broccoli from water and add pasta, cooking it in the same water. In large bowl mash up the broccoli and set aside. Cook pasta according to directions on package. In large frying pan put 1 or 2 tbsp of olive oil and let it heat up. Throw garlic in and cook for a few minutes. Add broccoli to pan and continue cooking. Strain pasta and place in pan with cooked broccoli. Serve and top with parsley and parmesan. Enjoy!