Bowties with Broccoli


Bowties with Broccoli

It’s not a secret that I love pasta and I love vegetables.  So, this is one of my favorite inexpensive, quick dinner meals!  My whole family loves broccoli, so this is a good one because at least I know they won’t pick out the healthy vegetable.  I actually consider this comfort food.  Something about it makes me happy…


  • 2 bags of broccoli florets
  • 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • evoo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds of bowtie pasta(Or any pasta you prefer)
  • grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to roast 425.
  2. Arrange all the broccoli on a baking sheet so that it is spread out in one layer.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes.  After 10 minutes toss and add the sliced garlic.  When done broccoli should be crispy and brown on the edges.  (My oven was broken so I sauteed the broccoli in a pan.  That is another way of getting the broccoli cooked and crispy)
  6. Meanwhile cook the bowties per directions on the box.  When done save about a cup of pasta water and set the pasta aside.
  7. In a large skillet heat the chicken broth on low to medium heat.  Add the roasted broccoli and garlic to the chicken broth.  Let it cook on low until the broccoli stems are soft.  Don’t let it cook too long to where it gets too mushy and falls apart.
  8. Add the pasta to a large bowl.  Pour the broccoli and chicken broth over the pasta.  Stir gently.  (It may seem like there is too much liquid, but that is the best part and the pasta soaks it right up.)  If you need more liquid, you can add the reserved pasta water.
  9. Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with grated cheese.


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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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