Penne Pasta & Broccoli


1 lb of Broccoli with Stalks
1 lb of Penne Pasta
6 lg Gloves of peeled Garlic and Chopped
1/4 cup of good Olive Oil
Grated Cheese
Salt & Black Pepper

Fill a large pasta pot with enough water to cook a pound of pasta and bring it to a slight boil.

While water is coming to a boil, cut the stalks off the broccoli leaving just the floret tops. Cut the bottom ends off
the stalks and peel off the outer layer. Cut the stalks into 1/2 inch pieces When water is at temperature, put the
stalk pieces into the water and blanch them for about 2 minutes

While stalks are in the water, put the olive oil in a large sauté pan that can hold all the pasta. If you do not have
one large enough, you can always mix it in a large pasta bowl, just cook your pasta completely because you are
not finishing it in a hot sauté pan with the sauce. When stalks are done, with a slotted spoon or spider, scoop out
the stalk pieces and put them in the cold pan with the oil and lower the heat on the water.

Raise the temperature on the pan and sauté the broccoli stalks until they become real tender. Now add a cup of
the hot water from the pasta pot to the pan and cover it so that it does not splash with the hot oil. Remove cover
and smash the stalk pieces with the back of a spoon or potato masher until you have a sauce like texture with the
water, this will become the sauce for the pasta..At this point lower the heat to med low add a some salt and
pepper to taste along with the chopped garlic and mix it in, cover and let it simmer..

Bring the pasta water back up to boiling. Take the broccoli tops and separate them into smaller florets and put
them in the hot water for one minute. Scoop them out and put them directly into the pan with the simmering
broccoli garlic sauce and gently mix it all together. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook it just under your
desired texture. When pasta is just about done add a 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water to the sauce for
thickening and mix.  Scoop out the pasta ( do not drain ) and add it directly to the pan with the sauce a little at a
time mixing as you go on until all the pasta is in the pan.

Once all the pasta is coated you are ready to serve. If pasta looks dry for you, mix in a little more of the starchy  
pasta water until it is moist enough.