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      RECIPE TITLE "Broccoli and Pasta in Garlic Butter Recipe"
    Source: Cooking at a Glance - Pasta,
    courtesy of Cooking.com

    yields Serves 2 time--- difficultyeasy

    Combine crisp flowerets of broccoli or cauliflower with little pasta wheels for an easy but delicious side dish that contrasts crisp and al dente textures. Another time, try the hybrid vegetable Broccoflower instead.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    4 ounces ruote, conchiglie or other dried shaped pasta
    2 cups broccoli or cauliflower flowerets
    1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil, or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
    2 cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
    2 tablespoons margarine or butter
    2 tablespoons oil">olive oil or cooking oil
    1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
    Pepper (optional)

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      RECIPE METHOD

    In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 12-14 minutes, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.

    Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook broccoli or cauliflower flowerets and basil, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water for 6-8 minutes or till crisp-tender. Drain well. In a large skillet cook the garlic in hot margarine or butter and olive oil or cooking oil for about 5 minutes, or till garlic is golden, stirring occasionally. Remove garlic from skillet and discard.

    Add broccoli or cauliflower flowerets to warm skillet and toss to coat with margarine-oil mixture; heat through. Add hot cooked pasta and Romano or Parmesan cheese and toss to mix. Transfer to a warm serving dish. If desired, sprinkle with pepper. Serve immediately.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

      Nutrition Facts
    Serves 2
    Facts per Serving
    Calories: 502 Fat: 30g Carbohydrates: 47g
    Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 179mg Protein: 14g
    Fiber: 5g % Cal. from Fat: 54% % Cal. from Carbs: 37%

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