Friday, August 31, 2012

Broccoli and Pasta with Parmesan Croutons


I used to LOVE croutons. I ate them on their own until they stopped making the kind I liked. I'm not sure why I liked them so much, but I think it just it had something to do with them being made of bread. 

Including this recipe, I can only think of 2 specific times when I have had croutons since then. I'm not that into their crunchiness anymore. 


When I saw this recipe, though, something about croutons + pasta kept me flipping back to look at the photo and the ingredients. It was simple, did not call for many ingredients, and had croutons + pasta. I think my attraction to this recipe was because of the carb duo that I had never read about prior, but that I really wanted to try! 


Although simple, this dish tasted great because of the hard croutons and soft pasta topped with Parmesan. 

First, start with the croutons. Just bread, oil and Parmesan.


Then, cook the pasta and later add the broccoli.


After that, heat up some oil and sliced garlic.


Look at the oil movement!


Finally, stir in the pasta and broccoli.


Remember your croutons from earlier?


We'll top the pasta with the croutons and more Parmesan. Both are definite must haves!


Dogs in the distance. They love cheese!


All finished.


Broccoli and Pasta with Parmesan Croutons
serves 4
from Everyday Food September 2012

1/2 baguette, cubed (3 cups)
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), plus more for serving
salt and pepper
3/4 lb. medium pasta shells
1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss the bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil on a rimmed baking sheets. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly on top of the bread cubes and season with salt and pepper. Bake until toasted and golden, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the package instructions. Then, add the broccoli and cook 2 minutes. Drain.
Place the garlic and remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in the pot and cook until the garlic is fragrant and lightly golden, 1-2 minutes. Add the pasta and broccoli and toss to combine.
Serve with grated Parmesan and croutons. 


  1. this looks delicious!

  2. I love croutons, but I rarely buy them or make them. They've become a restaurant treat for me.



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