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Broccoli and Ricotta Pasta

This is my Mother’s recipe for Broccoli and Ricotta Pasta. It’s a very nourishing meal that can be made quickly when you’re low on time. It’s simple and flavourful, and it can feed a little army. The broccoli adds to the freshness of the dish, while the creamy ricotta adds an element of decadence. What I love about this dish apart from the flavour and ease of putting it together, is also that it’s super filling. 

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Broccoli and Ricotta Pasta

Serves 4 – 5 people (makes 4 – 5 bowls)

 

300g Casareccie Pasta

1 medium broccoli, cut florets into quarters or halves (also use stalk)

350g quality ricotta (we recommend Mamma Lucia or Trinacria)

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

Quality olive oil

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Ground pepper to taste

Water for boiling the pasta

 

Optional:

Quality Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, finely grated to serve

 

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In a large pot, bring water to boil with a level tablespoon of salt
 

Once the water is boiling, add the all broccoli and retrieve with a slotted spoon after 10 minutes, and set the broccoli aside. Note: keep the broccoli water on the heat as this will be used to cook the pasta later on

 

In a medium frying pan, add the garlic with 1.5 tbsp of good quality olive oil and fry lightly until fragrant, then take the pan off the heat

 

In the meantime, add the pasta to the boiling broccoli water and cook for 10 – 11 minutes or until al dente

 

When the pasta is almost ready (roughly the 6 or 7 minute mark), bring the frying pan with garlic and oil in it, back onto low heat and when warm add the broccoli and mix together well until the pasta is ready

 

Place the ricotta in a large serving dish (which you will serve the pasta from), add the butter, 2 – 3 tablespoons of the boiling pasta/broccoli water, ground pepper (to taste), and mash together with a fork until the ricotta mixture becomes nice and smooth

 

At this point the pasta should be ready. Strain it properly and add it to the ricotta mixture along with the broccoli (add the garlic too if desired as this gives added flavour). Mix the pasta, broccoli and ricotta well and serve immediately

 

Add some grated pecorino or parmesan for even more flavour (optional) and buon appetito!