Pasta Cheese and Trees

I’m not going to lie folks, sometimes all I’m shooting for is “good enough.” There are days when I’m inspired to make a complicated and delicious meal…and then there are days when I just need to slap something on the table that may not win any prizes, but that won’t elicit complaint either. I’ve been having those kinds of days A LOT lately.

Last night, I made a Rachel Ray recipe called “Pasta, Cheese and Trees.” It’s quick, kid-friendly and fills the stomach. Here’s what you need:

Pasta (I use penne, but any pasta would do)
1 lb. broccoli florets
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup reserved pasta water

Boil your pasta water and cook your pasta based on the box directions. While the water boils, put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, add a tablespoon of water and microwave it for 4-5 minutes. Once the pasta is done, reserve one cup of pasta water and drain the pasta. Add the pasta back to your pot, add in the ricotta, parm, pasta water and broccoli. Add salt and paper to taste.

And you’re done! Enjoy!


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