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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rigatoni with Broccoli, Garlic & Breadcrumbs

Whenever I visit New York City with my friends and family, we often visit our favorite Italian restaurant there - Carmine's.  The mid-town Manhattan location is always busy, especially with the many Broadway patrons before and after shows.  I've even had the opportunity to bump into some of Broadway's biggest stars (I once saw Patty Lupone!) 

The food is always wonderful and plentiful, just like most Italian homes, whether it's one of their wonderful salads, hot or cold appetizers, delicious meat dishes, or, of course, the many pasta dishes they offer.  One of my daughter's favorites is their Rigatoni with Broccoli, Garlic & Olive Oil which comes sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs and grated Parmegiana-Reggiano.  It's a delicious non-meat entree that will satisfy even the dedicated carnivores at your dinner table. 


Rigatoni with Broccoli, Garlic & Breadcrumbs
Serves 4

3/4 to 1 pound broccoli florets
1 pound rigatoni
5 tablespoons olive oil
1⁄3 cup dried breadcrumbs
4 - 6 cloves thinly sliced garlic
1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1⁄2 cup grated Parmigiana-Reggiano

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.Add the broccoli and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Set aside.
 
Bring the water back to a boil and add the pasta.While the pasta cooks, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over low heat. Add the bread crumbs, stirring, until the crumbs are toasted a golden brown. Remove the breadcrumbs to a small bowl and set aside.
 
Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining olive oil, garlic, and pepper flakes.Cook until fragrant, then stir in the broccoli. Stir to coat with the oil as the broccoli reheats, and taste for seasoning.  If pasta is not yet done, keep the heat low to avoid burning the broccoli.
 
Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the broccoli mixture.Cook over high heat for a minute or so to evaporate any water from the pasta, then stir in the bread crumbs and cheese and serve immediately.
 
 

23 comments:

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

oh love simple Italian recipes like this looks wonderful and it will bring back good memories for you

Linda said...

So funny...we had pasta and broccoli for dinner the other night.

Were you up here visiting?

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Rebecca, it certainly did bring back good memories! :-D Don't you love those kind of recipes?!

Linda... I WISH! Hopefully, in the fall, but I won't be able to get that way before then. Maybe when the leaves start changing color and there's that little nip in the air... *sigh*

La Table De Nana said...

Great pics!

Lizzy said...

Looks like a fabulous pasta dish, Lori! YUM.

MaryBeth said...

Now this is a veggie dish i would actually love to eat.It looks wonderful!

Cathy said...

Beautiful dish, Lori.It look like it has tons of flavor without the use of a heavy sauce. I'm always looking for hearty meatless dishes like this one.

Marysol said...

Wherever you are Lori, I hope you're enjoying the season, and taking it easy.

I love the look of your pasta dish. Simple summer fare, that's also packed with flavor!

Lizzy said...

What a lovely dish, Lori! My family would adore this~

Cassy said...

Such a delicious dish!
And thanks for sharing the recipe.
I wanna make that at home this coming weekend.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

This dish looks so delish and simple. Nice anytime so I'll be trying it soon. The General Tos is one of my favorites. It will be wonderful to be able to cook it at home. Thanks.
You may want to stop over and check out my giveaway. It's right down your ally. Make it a great day.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

generic levitra said...

Its looking so delicious just like pasta...Thanks a lot for recipe here...

broccoli vegetables said...

I love broccoli, this pictures look delicious and healthy, thanks for sharing

Jackie said...

I love pasta dishes. This one looks wonderfully delicious. I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

bookcasefoodie said...

It looks light and airy. Pasta can turn into a heavy meal. This is refreshing.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

You are right! It's a great "un-heavy" pasta dish! Thanks for visiting All That Splatters.

Lori

purecomplex.com said...

This Rigatoni with Broccoli, Garlic & Breadcrumbs recipe is perfect for any day of the week.. I just love this recipe. Thanks for sharing this

Marysol said...

Happy New Year to you Lori!

Marysol said...

Best wishes for a happy new year, Lori!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Thank you, Sol! And the same to you and your family.

Teti ♥ said...

This soundy soooo good! i'll have to try it :) I usually just use pasta, broccoli, garlic and some cheese but i think i'll like this one even better!!

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Katia said...

OOooh, this looks delicious. The breadcrumbs are the perfect addition for a little crunch! Yum! I have added this to my "to make" list and am going to sprinkle a little chilli oil over the top as well.

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