Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pasta with Broccoli, Brown Butter and Pine Nuts

This was our dinner tonight.  The recipe seemed so easy I just had to make it mine!! I adapted it to our liking with lemon pepper salt seasoning.  I didn't think it had enough zing without it. Yummy dish!

From my kitchen to yours,


6 cups broccoli, cut into florets
1 lb. Farfalle, orecchiette or penne(I used Tri color penne)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter..I cut to 4 tablespoons
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 T. fresh lemon juice
Lemon Pepper seasoning salt(approx. 1/2 tsp.)
extra-virgin olive oil
 grilled or pan fried chicken (optional)

Cook broccoli in large pan of salted water for 2 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon scoop out broccoli and set aside.
Add pasta to boiling water and cook for package directions.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

Meanwhile heat in a large skillet over medium high heat butter for approx.2 minutes.  Add the broccoli and cook 1 minute. Gently stir in pasta, basil, pine nuts and lemon juice.  Season with lemon pepper seasoning salt or salt and pepper and stir in enough pasta water to create a light sauce.  Drizzle each serving with olive oil. Top with grilled chicken if desired.

       Add some grilled or pan fried chicken to make it a meal.

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