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Broccoli Sauce for Pasta, a Laurie Colwin recipe

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Broccoli Sauce For Pasta, a Laurie Colwin recipe
Broccoli Sauce for Pasta, a Laurie Colwin recipe

When I was growing up, we ate broccoli a lot. The one way our mom got me to eat my broccoli, was to tell me that if I ate my broccoli, I would be able to whistle. I of course as children do, believed her every word. After dinner, I would go outside to the stoop, and sit and practice whistling. And there would be nothing sounding like whistling, coming anywhere near to me, much less from me....

Soon after, it was time for dishes and bed, and I would have to put my dreams of whistling away for awhile. Then broccoli would appear once again on our dinner table. And I would resist eating it until the magic words once again come from my mother, " if you eat your broccoli, you will be able to whistle ". So I would. Again after dinner I would sit on the stoop and practice my whistling. But as fate would have it, nothing anywhere near a whistle came from me....

Fast forward and look what I found, a broccoli recipe to enjoy.

The truth is, I have always eaten broccoli, especially after discovering cheese sauce. But this pasta sauce is creative and really good, I hope you give it a try. But be warned, that broccoli promise, it is not true. Children will not learn to whistle if they eat their broccoli.....


Broccoli Sauce for Pasta
adapted from: Home Cooking, a writer in the kitchen
                      
1 large head of broccoli OR 16 oz package broccoli florets
2 cloves garlic
1/3 c olive oil, plus more for blending as needed
1/2 lemon

1/2 t salt or to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste
4 oz whole wheat penne  - cooked and kept warm
Parmesan cheese 


Cut the head of broccoli into florets, wash, place in the bottom of a shallow pan. Add 1/2 c water, cover and cook until crisp tender - do not overcook. 


Drain water, select and remove 5 florets, set aside for garnish. 


Add 1/3 c olive oil to pan and saute the broccoli and garlic until tender. 


Spoon into food processor, including the oil from the pan.  Squeeze lemon into processor, 1/2 t salt and fresh pepper to taste. Process until smooth, adding olive oil to make consistent for tossing with pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning to preference. 



Take the five florets, slice in half. Saute in small amount of olive oil, cut side down until golden brown. 



To serve, toss hot pasta with broccoli sauce and 1/2 c Parmesan cheese. 


Arrange on serving platter, arranging sauteed florets over top. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Enjoy.




Enjoy!


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37 comments

  1. Your pasta with broccoli sauce looks simply delicious. And cute story about the whistling.

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  2. Beautiful pasta dish..I might borrow your recipe to put broccoli into my 3 year old :)

    US Masala

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  3. yum...cute story, and what a lucky youngster you were!

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  4. very sweet post...I like the way u have described ur mom's lies...like my mom used to tell me that I ll get a moustache if I played a flute...she found the sound of flute during her nap time irritating :)

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  5. Well, Melynda, I went and made myself a cup of tea before I read your post, so that I could sit back and really enjoy it. And I wasn't disappointed, aside from the point when you said they didn't offer you coffee, and I sprayed tea across my keyboard laughing. You made my night, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  6. Ha ha! I love your post. The broccoli looks great too.

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  7. My mom told me that if I ate my crusts then it would make my hair curly. It didn't work. But it didn't really matter because I ate my crusts anyway. So I am not sure why she told me that. The dead give away was that she had been eating her crusts for her whole life and her hair is straighter than mine!

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  8. {giggles} tee hee...very cute! I like the sound of this dish, too! Fun post thanks for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week :D

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  9. We love veggies including broccoli. Your post is fun and I will try your recipe.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great post - it really made me smile! And I like your recipe too - Laurie Colwin wrote some lovely books and your adaptation of her recipe sounds delicious.

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  11. {{{hugs}}} I am surprised how well you have turned out, not being able to whistle and all. Sad sad tale.
    The broccoli sauce sounds yummy! thanks for sharing with us at the hearth and soul hop!

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  12. My grandpa told me not to eat the beets becasue they would put hair on my chest - thank goodness he was lying too! :)

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  13. My mum told me lies about porridge to try and get me to eat it, which I used to dutifully eat, gagging on every mouthful. Then, as big fat lies so often do, it one day came back to "bite her on the bum" :-) (Ooops, I said bum!) Anyway to this day even the smell of porridge makes me gag.

    Broccoli, however, is a different story - never, ever saw it as a kid. I was probably 20 before I ever tasted it, and it is a favourite vegetable and I especially like it in pasta dishes, so I will try this for sure.

    Sue :-)

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  14. Such a funny post. I grew up in a family with a garden, and lots of homemade food and fun. Actually, I think we were both very lucky.

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  15. Great story with an equally nice recipe. I am definitely going to give this a try as I (and my entire family) just love broccoli. PS. Broccoli did not help me neither, I also cannot whistle.

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  16. Great story!! Very tasty looking pasta too!!

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  17. My family was much like yours in the way that we seldom went to the grocery store for anything. My dad had a huge garden and also raised chickens, pigs and cattle. I never had the macaroni and cheese in the box like my friends did! Now I know just how lucky I was. :) Your broccoli dish sounds delicious!

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  18. Cute post, and the recipe looks delish... never thought of pureeing the broccoli into a sauce.

    Funny what we remember from our childhood. We never got wonder bread or sugared cereals, and now guess what my kids don't get:)

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  19. Cute story! I love broccoli and I can whistle. I remember one of my kid struggling with whistling though. Too funny.

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  20. Melly, I am laughing so hard I almost well...you know..TMI! What a lovely story. I am also thrilled to tell you that I have BEEN to Eureka! My husband's uncle painted a lovely painting of the Carlson mansion and we happened to be in town and SAW it and couldn't believe we had found THE place that was in the picture at my husband's home! What a beautiful town you live in--it makes me feel closer to you! :) Thanks for sharing this GREAT broccoli story and recipe on the hearth and soul hop this week. Have you tried sucking air IN to whistle? purse your lips like you would to whistle out but instead, suck IN--it works! I swear! :) HUGE hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

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  21. This sounds amazing! I love the broccoli sauce! I think chopped walnuts would be yummy with it, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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  22. Melynda, whistling or no whistling, I love broccoli and this dish looks delicious. I can't whistle either! :)

    Also, thanks for visiting my blog. I'd used different broths in rice before, but I'd never used tea. I thank Lindsey @ FRESH FOOD + FRESH AIR www.lindseyevenson.com for the inspiration!

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  23. Thanks for linking up with Garden Variety Wednesday! Great story--I like the way you grew up (even if you couldn't whistle). The pasta dish looks great!

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  24. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story and your broccoli pasta sauce recipe! It sounds like you had a lovely childhood.
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  25. It sounds like you had a beautiful, healthy childhood. Thanks for sharing this charming story.

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  26. Hilarious post :) Of course, not for the young you who was sorely disappointed by the lack of power in broccoli. Penne with broccoli and parmesan is a favourite in my house too!

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  27. Love this post! And I think that pasta dish look absolutely delicious!

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  28. lol...and that does look delicious.

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  29. Very cute story! You know that old movie with the famous line about whistling with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart? You just put your two lips together and blow :)
    Broccoli sauce sounds delicious!

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  30. I loved your story - especially the part about going to the support group! LOL! Actually, it sounds as though you had a wonderful childhood!

    I made a broc/penne dish for Weekend Cooking too - but a different take on it.

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  31. I never learned to whistle either and I ate a lot of broccoli. I did learn to read, and I can play guitar, so maybe broccoli has different effects on everyone.

    Here's my first ever
    Weekend Cooking: Paris in July.
    Hope you will stop by!

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  32. Great story! This recipe sounds yummy. I'll have to give it a try. I love broccoli.

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  33. funny - and I had to eat my crusts because they would make my hair curly...

    Have a great week.

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  34. I can't whistle! I can make a blowing sound, but that is about it!

    Loved this story, and broccoli is my favourite so I might try this recipe.

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  35. This recipe looks good! And the story is funny. I love broccoli too :) One of my favorites is cream of broccoli soup :)

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  36. Ha! Liked the story. I'm also interested in this recipe. I've never put brocolli in the food processor - I've always had whole florets. Will have to try it sometime! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. What a great story!! Loved it. I love broccoli too. I never thought of making a pasta sauce with it. I can't wait to try this.

    I'd offer you coffee any ole time! Sorry you didn't get yous. LOL.

    Sorry it took me so long to visit your post. I was out of town and didn't have Internet access.

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