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Shells and Broccoli

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Updated July 31, 2020
Shells with Broccoli
SERVES
4
COOK TIME
20 Min

No need to be overwhelmed with all the pasta choices out there! Today we're getting back to basics. Make our recipe for Shells with Broccoli for a perfect and delicious weeknight dinner staple! This recipe tastes fantastic but is one of the easiest pasta dishes you'll ever make. Let's get cooking! 

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 pound shell pasta or similar shape
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets with 1-inch stems
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni, diced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

What to Do

  1. In a small skillet over low heat, heat olive oil and butter until melted; stir in garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper, if desired. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until garlic is soft, stirring occasionally. (Do not let the garlic brown.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta and broccoli 8 to 10 minutes or until both are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
  3. Toss with garlic mixture, reserved cooking water, and pepperoni. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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THIS WAS SUCH A YUMMY AND EASY DISH TO MAKE. NEXT TIME I MIGHT COOK THE BROCCOLI AND SHELLS SEPARATE. THE BROCCOLI GOT DONE BEFORE THE NOODLES AND WE LIKE IT ALDENTE'. MY SON ATE THE LEFTOVERS COLD AND LOVED IT LIKE THAT ALSO. DELICIOUS!!!!!

Absolutely delicious!!! Even my picky grandkids loved it!!!

chill in refrigerator until cold throughout. Add several tablespoons Italian Salad Dressing, toss to coat. serve cold. GREAT!!

This was very easy , I had all of the ingredients in the fridge, and cupboard, it might even be healthy for me . A new way for pasta salad, but served warm. This recipe is a keeper.

Saw this on TV today and made it tonight. Went exactly by the recipe and it's awsome!!! My 8 year old son even likes it.

I'm not a big broccoli fan, so I substituted canned, drained artichoke hearts, quartered. Delicious!

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