I got this from an Italian co-worker after having it at a work pot-luck. The flavor is really intense, and this can be served as either a side-dish or a meatless meal-in-itself. You can really use any type of pasta you prefer, I first had it with spaghetti, so that's always my preference. Really easy recipe. Edited: Psst.. please use real garlic, not the chopped stuff in the jar.. I repeat - use FRESH GARLIC, not the stuff in the jar, else you will be doomed to a bland result with no flavor. If made as directed, you will have a robustly flavorful pasta dish!
- Chop the broccoli fine and add it to a sauce pan.
- Add garlic, olive oil, pepper and the water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
- Break up the broccoli as it cooks so that the end result is a mushy, slightly chunky green sauce.
- You may need to add more water or oil to keep it at a 'wet', pourable consistency if the liquid evaporates too quickly. You basically want it to be the thickness of a tomato pasta sauce. Add salt to taste; I only add the salt at the end, because if you do so earlier on, the saltiness may become more intense when the mixture reduces.
- Serve over cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle with parm if desired.
This made for a great summertime pasta sauce! I enjoyed it a lot, though I can't say I followed the recipe closely. Instead, I used more black pepper, as suggested, and added a chicken bouillon cube and healthy sprinkling of garlic powder. Because of the amount of garlic I used and bouillon, I omitted salt. I also kept it rather chunky, more the consistency of a salsa than a sauce. Parmesan was good, but not needed for a full flavor. Definitely, definitely adding this to my repertoire.
Just didn't care for it. Nothing outstanding, but was able to use up the broccoli I had in my refrig!
This dish was okay, but seems to be missing something. An addition of chicken stock or red pepper flakes might improve the flavor.