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Broccoli Cavatelli 

(Serves 4)
Cavatelli with Broccoli and Grilled Italian Sausage
Cavatelli with broccoli is a simple Italian pasta dish that is sure to become a family favorite. 
Cavatelli are a type of pasta that are about 1 inch in length with a rolled edge and resemble tiny hot dog buns. You can purchase them dried or frozen.  Many of the traditional recipes for Broccoli Cavatelli simply saute the broccoli with the garlic in olive oil.  This recipe adds some chicken broth and butter, which add another dimension to the dish.  Give it a try, we find that it's not as oily as the traditional recipe. To add some extra protein to this dish, include slices of grilled Italian pork sausage, turkey sausage, or shrimp in the saucepan when you add the chicken broth.  Serve with a good, crusty Italian bread.

1 bunch of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1 pound cavatelli
3-4 tablespoons  olive oil
3-4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter, optional
Salt and pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook broccoli in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain, and set aside.

Cook the cavatelli in boiling salted water.  Cook for 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time.

Heat olive oil in a wide saucepan.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté
1-2 minutes.  Add broccoli and saute another minute.  Add chicken broth, butter (optional), salt and pepper.  If you are adding grilled sausage or shrimp, add it at this time.  Bring to a simmer and cook 2-3 minutes.  Add the cooked cavatelli and simmer for 2 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.  Place the mixture in a large pasta bowl.  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
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