Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bow Tie Pasta with Broccoli and Feta


   Are you still sticking to your New Years resolutions? I'm not looking for perfection, just
   a happy balance. I still want to eat a cupcake once in awhile and balance it out with a
   sensible dinner. I try to incorporate broccoli into as many means as I can. I like it raw but
   feel I can eat more of it if it's slightly cooked. This is a great simple weeknight meal.

                                                        Bow Tie Pasta with Broccoli and Feta

                                                        1 box bow tie pasta
                                                        1 large head of broccoli - cut into florets
                                                        8 ounces of feta cheese
                                                        1 lemon, juiced
                                                        1 tablespoon oregano
                                                        1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                                                        1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
                                                        1/2 cup chicken broth
                                                        parmesan cheese to sprinkle on each plate (optional)

     1) Boil water for pasta, make sure to salt your water once water starts to boil. Add pasta
     and cook until al dente....during the last few minutes of cooking pasta add the broccoli
     to the pasta and cook for about 4 minutes or until tender.

     2) Drain pasta and broccoli and add to your pot. Add broth, lemon juice, oregano,
     red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and feta cheese.

     I like to serve this with grilled chicken and a crusty loaf of bread. You can add in any
     thing you'd like to this dish. Enjoy. Be sure to sprinkle extra red pepper flakes,
     parmesan cheese and a lemon wedge on each plate for maximum flavor.

16 comments:

  1. Lemon and feta are just amazing together. What a beautiful dish! Yes yes yes- moderation=key!

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  2. Looks yummy. So easy to make and easy for me to adapt using gluten free pasta.

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  3. This sounds delish! Doesn't hurt that it's healthy too!

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  4. We make something similar at least twice a month...love, love, love it. And no, I will never give up pasta even if it is resolution time :)

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  5. This looks yummy! I am going to make this. I can actually get my little man to eat broccoli so I bet he would eat this too. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Wonderful recipe! I've tried to make sure broccoli is in the menu here once a week for years. What a delicious way to serve it!

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  7. Looks delicious! I love broccoli and usually have it in stir fries so I'll have to try your pasta recipe!
    I didn't make and solid resolutions this year, but I guess I've been trying to incorporate more fruit and veggies into my diet - so far so good!

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  8. I love recipes like this! It looks delicious!!

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  9. For some reason..I have always really loved bowtie pasta. Always. And lemon and feta are so perfect together!

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  10. Great recipe Val, and one my kids would love! Happy New Year!!

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  11. Its the perfect light flavor packed pasta I have ever seen!

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  12. You have such a knack for fresh, beautiful dishes like this. Simple and perfect! Pinning and trying soon.

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