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    Pasta, Cheese and Trees

    Pasta, Cheese and Trees. Photo by dicentra

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    25 mins

    10 mins

    15 mins

    dicentra's Note:

    This recipe originally appeared in Rachael Ray's Cooking Rocks! 30-Minute Meals for Kids, but I got it from Everyday with RR. This one is for MY little one! And her daddy. LOL.

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    1. 1
      Put a big pot of water on to boil for the pasta.
    2. 2
      Separate the broccoli into small trees by pulling them apart. Trim off the woody stems of your trees so you can break them up.
    3. 3
      Put the broccoli florets (trees) into a pot and add water enough to just cover the tops.
    4. 4
      The broccoli should cook about 5 minutes once the water comes to a boil. Drain.
    5. 5
      When the pasta water boils, put 4 pinches of salt into the pot and add pasta. Cook to al dente (that's Italian for "done but still with a bite to it"), according to package directions.
    6. 6
      Pour oil and butter into a deep frying pan and heat it up over low heat. When the butter melts, add the garlic and cook it 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add the broccoli to the garlic.
    8. 8
      Drain the pasta and add to broccoli. Add the ricotta and grated cheese, and have the GH stir it all up in the big frying pan.
    9. 9
      Add a little salt and pepper and taste the pasta and trees to see how the seasoning is.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 18, 2009


      I did not enjoy this recipe. I can see why others might like it, but it was too bland for my taste. I may have cooked it wrong, because it got all clumped together.

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    • on December 12, 2007


      We love this! I use about 6 cloves of garlic, extra olive oil and extra ricotta. I also add crushed red pepper. Sometimes DH will have his with cooked chicken also.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta, Cheese and Trees

    Serving Size: 1 (314 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 699.7
    Calories from Fat 205
    Total Fat 22.8 g
    Saturated Fat 11.7 g
    Cholesterol 57.6 mg
    Sodium 331.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 94.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 30.1 g

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