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Broccoli-Pasta Alfredo

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Make this meatless pasta dish for a comforting and quick family dinner. The kids will love the creamy alfredo sauce and you will love that they are eating more broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package uncooked farfalle or bow-tie pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots*
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup refrigerated grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during last 3 minutes of cooking time; drain and keep warm.

  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, and sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in half-and-half. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in Parmesan cheese and next 3 ingredients until smooth. Stir in pasta and broccoli. Serve immediately.

  3. *1/4 cup finely chopped onion may be substituted.