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This one’s for my friend Jill …..

With a not so well stocked pantry yesterday, I found myself standing in the grocery store at 5:00 pm with absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. Does this happen to you? Lately I feel like this has been the story of my life.

So in the midst of my dinner dilemma PANIC and without any rhyme or reason, I started to throw all sorts of items into my cart.  Then as I was getting ready to check out, still without a clue, I looked down and spotted my own go to meal…Cavatelli and Broccoli. Yes I thought, this is what I am making for dinner.

Pasta and Broccoli

Cavatelli and broccoli is by far the easiest and tastiest meal you could make.  All you need to pull this together is cavatelli pasta and frozen broccoli (of course).  You will also need olive oil, fresh garlic, grated parmesan (or romano) cheese, and a little butter.

The most important tip for making this dish successfully is make sure to salt your cooking water well, like ocean water well. This is what will help flavor your pasta as it cooks, as well as flavor your final pasta dish when you put it all together.  Oh and add the water gradually, give a little a taste as you go.  You don’t need to add all the water if it is going to dilute the flavor.

Pasta and Broccoli

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No matter what it is keeping us on the run, we all have one thing in common….we need to eat. At least I do. So whether you are a busy mom or dad on the go, getting home late from work, or anything in between, this Cavatelli and Broccoli dinner is for you.

Don’t forget “sharing is caring” so please let me know what you think in the comments below. Mangia and enjoy!

Pasta and Broccoli

Classic Cavatelli and Broccoli

Classic Italian American cavatelli pasta with broccoli, garlic, oil and cheese.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 lb Ricotta Cavatelli
  • 1 1/2 bags of broccoli florets aprox 1 lb, chopped
  • 1/4 cup CENTO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves slices thin
  • 1 Tbsp. butter unsalted
  • A few handfuls of Grated Cheese (parmesan
  • 1 cup of hot reserved cooking water
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  • Boil water and cook cook cavatelli in plenty of salted water (salty).
  • Defrost broccoli and chop. *I pop mine into the microwave for a minute or so* In a deep Saute pan heat extra virgin olive oil and sliced garlic until slightly browned. Add broccoli and Saute for several minutes until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • When pasta is cooked drain, reserve 1 cup of liquid. Toss Cavatelli and butter together into Saute pan. Add water gradually and then Add the cheese. Mix together.
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