Thursday, March 15, 2018

Creamy Broccoli Penne

The boys are not huge fans of veggies.  They mainly eat them in smoothies.  Now, smoothies are a great way to sneak them in, but I had a new trick up my sleeve.

I was looking at what I had available in the fridge... but it was looking a little sparse.  I had ingredients for salad but that was about it.  Then I remembered I had some broccoli in the freezer.  Bingo!  Time to experiment.

I threw the ingredients together that I thought would taste good and crossed my fingers.  I blended it, tasted it, and served it to the kiddos.  Wyatt loved it!  He ate his whole entire bowl.  Luke ate about 3 bites.  He said "yummy", but wouldn't eat more.  But at 2 years old, you really never know how much they are going to eat.

Wyatt ate the leftovers for his school lunch the next day, and I ate the rest of the tastiness that night.  It is definitely a recipe I feel good about eating and feeding to the kids.

Creamy Broccoli Penne

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 4 cups broccoli (I used frozen)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (and a little extra for topping, optional.
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 box of penne pasta (I used Eat Banza, which is made with chickpeas!)

1.  In a medium pot (one that you have a lid for), add the olive oil and set to medium-high heat.  Throw in the onion, and then cook for about 5 minutes, until light golden brown.  Add the garlic, then  cook for about 1 minute.

2.  When the garlic has been cooking for about 1 minute, add the stock and broccoli.  Stir and cover for about 7 minutes (for frozen broccoli, if fresh you will need 4-5 minutes).

3.  While that's cooking you can boil your pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

3.  Pour the contents of the broccoli pan into a blender, then add butter, parmesan, and salt/pepper.  Blend to desired consistency.  If it is too thick for your taste, add a little more chicken stock.  TIP:  Make sure that you don't fully seal the lid, because the steam could cause the contents to fly out of the top.  I covered my blender with a dish cloth instead.

4.  Toss the pasta with the sauce and voila, you have a nutritious pasta dish!  Sprinkle on some extra parmesan for extra goodness.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  This is a great way to get some green food in for St. Patrick's day.