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Milk Street Bowtie Rigatoni with Broccoli-Lemon Sauce

Rigatoni with Broccoli-Lemon Sauce

4 to 6 Servings

30 minutes

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This is an adaptation of pasta sauced with a creamy, silky broccoli puree that we tasted in Rome. We use broccoli crowns here and not the lower portion of the stems, which are sometimes tough and fibrous. We start by simmering the broccoli in a large pot of salted boiling water. After removing the pieces, we keep the water at a boil and use it to cook the pasta.

4 to 6

Servings

Tip

Don’t simmer the broccoli until fully tender or its color will turn a dull shade of green. Cooking it only until crisp-tender ensures a vividly hued puree.

30 minutes

Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon drained capers
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
1 pound rigatoni OR ziti pasta
2 ounces pecorino Romano OR Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 cup), plus more to serve
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Ingredients
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 1

    pound broccoli crowns, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1

    tablespoon drained capers

  • ¼

    cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 1

    pound rigatoni OR ziti pasta

  • 2

    ounces pecorino Romano OR Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 cup), plus more to serve

  • 1

    tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Rigatoni with Broccoli-Lemon Sauce

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Anne W.

I recommend this one to everyone I know. Outstanding flavor, broccoli so I feel good about it ... and yet .. it's comfort food. Easy, low dish count. And did I mention yummy?

Brenda B.

Just made this recipe from broccoli harvested from our winter garden. Top marks! Since I wasn't going to use basil or walnuts for garnish, I held back a generous half cup of the cooked broccoli from the puree and tossed the sprigs in with the cheese and lemon juice. Frankly, I'm not convinced that capers (which are great with the broccoli) would be my choice to pair with basil. I'll definitely make this again.