Easy Garlic Broccoli Spaghetti

My sweet Italian mother-in-law makes an awesome version of this dish and cooks the broccoli in the garlic oil with perfect results. When I tried to make it, I never seemed to be able to get the broccoli to cook well enough in the oil without burning the garlic. This is my compromise--- I cook the broccoli with the pasta and add the oil after. Not quite as tasty as  Marie's, but still easy and satisfying!!


1 pound spaghetti
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
sprinkle  of red pepper flakes, if desired
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. When 5 minutes is left for the pasta to cook, add the broccoli to the pasta water. Drain both in colander.
While pasta is cooking, saute garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil over medium heat until garlic is light brown, about 3-4 minutes. Pour garlic olive oil over pasta, sprinkle with salt to taste and finish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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