Cavatelli and Broccoli is an easy hearty vegetarian recipe that is great as either an entree or all-in-one side dish. This simple cavatelli dish makes a great dinner for meatless monday or anytime. Cavatelli with broccoli is a classic combination, close to many Italians hearts.
This easy cheesy Cavatelli with Broccoli recipe is one of my go-to comfort foods. I have lived in Rhode Island all my life, and we have a thriving Italian culinary culture around here. Although I don’t have a drop of Italian in me, most of us in this area, sort of gain a little through proximity, so Cavatelli is standard fare. If you are not familiar with this pasta, cavatelli is made with ricotta cheese right in the dough & the shape is sort of like a chubby canoe or taco. Cavatelli is most often found in the frozen food section right with the frozen ravioli and tortellini. It is a filling pasta and great for cradling sauce in the fold… and it is wonderful with broccoli!
Cavatelli and Broccoli: Making
Here the cavatelli and broccoli is served in a creamy cheese sauce seasoned with garlic. It’s a quick hearty meatless meal on it’s own or serve it along with some grilled or roasted meat. Just be cautious about having eyes too big for your stomach with this one… I wasn’t kidding when I said the cavatelli pasta is filling.
Here are some images showing how easy it is to make cavatelli with broccoli. Full recipe below.
- 1 pound of frozen cavatelli
- 12 oz bag of frozen broccoli
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tbs heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar plus a little to sprinkle on top
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Boil cavatelli until a little underdone.
Microwave the broccoli until just thawed (about 1/2 the suggested time).
While broccoli is thawing, melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until cooked through.
Add broccoli and saute 1 minute, then add stock and cream. Simmer about 5 minutes, then shut off burner & add cheeses, stir until smooth, then add cavatelli.
Sprinkle on some more cheese to serve.