Food and the City: Gemelli & Broccoli Pasta

January 25, 2013

Gemelli & Broccoli Pasta


Why are carbs so good?



This is one of my most favorite things to eat ever. I know right? So simple, so boring, and yet it mends the mess that is my life together. Ugh that rhymed. I promise it won't happen again. But GUYS! This is like, really stinkin good and I feel like I've been eating it practically all of my life. Probably because I have. 

So predictable.
And well.. I'm still not sick of it. Don't think I ever will be. Which is funny because normally I'd laugh at myself by saying that, seeing as I go through food phases practically everyday - like that one time I got totally addicted to baby spinach salads and would eat them like they were going out of style - but this dish is totally an exception to the rule.






Like eating this for breakfast. We can definitely make the exception for that, too.

Oh and P.S - "Gemelli" means twin in Italian, so feel free to have double the serving! The calories won't count I promise! Ha.

Gemelli & Broccoli Pasta

Enough for 1 serving, or 2 teeny ones.

1 cup Gemelli Pasta (really you can use whatever pasta you'd like)
1 cup Broccoli Florets
3 tbs Olive Oil
2-3 Cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Butter

Cook pasta according to the package. Drain and set aside. To cook your broccoli, bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a sauce pan. Place in broccoli and cover to let steam for 5-6 minutes. Frozen packages of broccoli also work well for this since it can be ready in minutes. 

Heat 2 tbs of olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add in your garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add in your broccoli and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes. I even like to sprinkle in some garlic powder for an extra yum factor. Toss in your cooked/drained pasta and scoop in 1 tsp butter. Sprinkle on your black pepper and allow butter to melt. Give your pasta 1 final toss and remove from heat.

Transfer to your serving dish and drizzle on your remaining 1 tsp of olive oil. Enjoy!