Simple Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Asparagus

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My current food obsession: roasted broccoli.

This is coming from a girl who doesn’t really like broccoli. Yes, I love vegetables and try to eat a lot of them. But you know how it goes… there’s always that one thing you just don’t like.

Broccoli is that thing for me. But you know what? I have been eating roasted broccoli like its candy.

Seriously! This one simple method of cooking has revolutionized my broccoli eating habits. I now make roasted broccoli all the time and I’m about to turn green.

Kidding about the last part. ;)

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I attempted to make a version of pasta primavera one night which involved roasted broccoli and sautéed asparagus. Then it dawned on me – why not roast the asparagus too?

So I did and it was even better! I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you!

This truly is a simple pasta dish. The sauce is merely olive oil and sautéed garlic. I wanted to keep it simple so the roasted, caramelized flavors would be the spotlight. Parmesan and fresh basil on top give it a lovely Italian flare.

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So fresh and so green! This is a fantastic weeknight meal and would be perfect on its own or with some grilled or baked chicken.

Simple Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Asparagus; Recipe or Not

serves 2

  • 8 oz. pasta (I used fusilli.)
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Grated Parmesan for topping
  • Fresh basil for topping
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The Prep: Preheat oven to 400°. On two separate baking sheets, toss the broccoli and asparagus in a little olive oil then sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Spread the veggies out on the pans and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta as directed. Once the pasta is done, heat the 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once heated, throw in the minced garlic, stir the garlic for a minute or two then remove from the heat. Toss the pasta in the olive oil sauce and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Once the veggies are done, combine them with the pasta. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and basil. Enjoy!

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