Two recipes back to back with charred broccoli! This pasta was awesome! Actually, my kids didn’t like the broccoli, but I thought it was really, really good. The sauce for this dish was so tasty, but so simple! I took the liberty of adding toasted pine nuts at the end for a little crunch. I had planned on having the leftovers for lunch the next day, but husband ate it ALL.
Pasta with Charred Broccoli, Feta, and Lemon
(Cooking Light, July 2017)
4 cups small broccoli florets
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (I omitted)
8 ounces uncooked strozzapreti or mezze penne pasta (I used a different pasta)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk (I used 2%)
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt (such as Maldon) (I omitted)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Combine broccoli, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and crushed red pepper on a baking sheet; spread in a single layer. Bake at 425°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until broccoli is charred and browned in spots, stirring after 15 minutes.
Bring a large saucepan filled with water and remaining 2 teaspoons kosher salt to a boil. Add pasta, and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.
Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-low. Cook 2 minutes or until garlic is golden, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add reserved 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid and milk to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in feta; cook 3 minutes or until feta begins to melt and sauce is slightly thickened. Add broccoli, pasta, and lemon rind; toss. Divide pasta mixture among 4 bowls; sprinkle evenly with black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon flaked salt.