Healthy and quick, a great one for kids if you’re heading out on a date night!
The other Ben and I had a function to go to and I needed to cook the kids some dinner before we headed off.
Well… the old pantry wasn’t looking special! I mentally scanned through my usual list of quick and versatile meals to make ->
Spaghetti Bolognese? (no tinned tomatoes) Fried Rice? (no egg, very few vegetables) Soup (no) Baked beans on toast (no bread, no legumes) Eggs on toast (no eggs, no bread) argh!
Then it came to me, I remembered this little recipe from the kids old school’s cookbook called Our Community Table.
It was broccoli pasta!
I checked the pantry….. I had broccoli… and pasta (not much more!). This was one recipe I could do!! …… the kids wouldn’t starve….. I was happy!
Making Broccoli Pasta is as easy as 1, 2 3
Making broccoli pasta is really simple, cook the pasta, pop the broccoli heads (and I also finely chop the stems) into the microwave and cook it’s until nice and soft (soft broccoli it mixes through the pasta better).
If you don’t like using the microwave you could also pop the broccoli into a steamer over the top of the boiling pasta water (or add the broccoli straight into the pasta water) and cook it that way.
Ben chipped in and made a little garlic butter to go with it while I spruced myself up ready to go out (team effort)! Then and we mixed them together sprinkled some salt and pepper over the top and voila! Broccoli Pasta!
Honestly? I wasn’t holding my breath with this dish…. I thought the kids would turn their noses up and reject it as if I’d served them up some odd experimental concoction (which I
often sometimes do)!
Me: “how is it, kids?”
Kids: “It’s good mum!” eating every last bit!…
Me: thinking “wonders never cease! and not one but all three eating it (a rarity in our household)….. it’s a miracle!”
Being most pleased that I had another quick, easy (and healthy) dinner to whip up at moments notice I finished getting ready…..
Lovely story Kim… but point is???
Well okay, my point is that a basic homemade meal wins the day over take-out foods. In this situation, with only few ingredients, I managed to prepare a healthy meal (all-be-it simple) containing a vegetable and a grain based ingredient. By using what I had on hand this option was cheap and time-friendly. The kids surprised me too!!
PS. If you’d like to JJJ OOO shh this up a bit, this dish also goes nicely with some squeezed lemon, grated parmesan cheese, or crumbled feta over the top.
PPS. We often make this dish now the other night I added napoli sauce over the top…… delish!
A quick and easy pasta using only 4 ingredients. It's perfectly versatile and a great healthy meal to feed the kids on 'date nights'! (This recipe was inspired and adapted by the recipe published in the Bentleigh West Primary School Cook Book called Our Community Table).
- 1/2 packet pasta any sort, I used penne.
- 1 large head broccoli use the florets and stalk
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 pinch salt and some ground pepper to taste
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook pasta as per packet instructions
Get a microwavable dish and add roughly cut broccoli florets and stems with a bit of water at the bottom. Microwave the broccoli until soft (about 2 minutes)
While the pasta and broccoli are cooking, get a small frypan and add a touch of oil and the crushed garlic. Fry this a little until it is lightly toasted and golden.
Now add the butter to the frying pan with the garlic and heat until melted.
Once the broccoli is cooked drain off the water and pop the cooked broccoli onto a chopping board, then finely dice the broccoli florets and stems.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it off and rinse with some water. Then add it to the saucepan again along with the diced broccoli and garlic butter.
On a low heat, mix all of the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
There are a number of other ingredients that you can add to this dish to enhance the flavour. These include:
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Crumbled Feta Cheese