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My Italian Gramma's Cavatelli & Broccoli Pasta Dinner

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 10 Minutes | Cook Time 15 to 20 minutes


Broccoli ( or Broccoli Rabe) ( I usually eyeball it use as much or little as you like)
Good Olive oil ( Cover pan bottom to sauté broccoli & garlic in )
1 Box Cavatelli (or like) Pasta
Salt to taste
Butter ( optional)
Lemon juice ( optional )

It's really easy...sauté some broccoli or broccoli rabe in olive oil & garlic, sauté the broccoli a while before adding garlic so the garlic doesn't burn & get bitter )

Use a medium heat to sauté becuase olive oil is not a high temp cooking oil if you are OK with butter you can use some with the olive oil to bring up the cooking temperature.

Cook pasta per box directions... I like to use cavetelli but you can use any pasta around that size & shape.

Once pasta is cooked el dente, then just put it all together in a large bowl.

I also like to squeeze a little fresh lemon over the top.

If I am feeling really decadent I will also pour some melted butter over the top

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Every time my Gramma would spend the weekend at our house I would beg her for this. She would get up at 5AM and start rolling out the pasta dough. I can still see her with the rolling pin and flour in her apron at our kitchen counter, patiently forming each noodle by hand. I would love to be able to say I do it the same way, however I use store bought cavetteli .

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