Spicy Broccoli & Fresh Fusilli Pasta with Mascarpone Cheese

Spicy Broccoli & Fresh Fusilli Pasta

with Mascarpone Cheese

25 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

To elevate this quick-cooking pasta dish, we’re using a bit of specialty Calabrian chile paste to add a hint of bright heat to our lightly creamy sauce—which deliciously brings together a duo of fusilli pasta and broccoli.

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the broccoli; cut off and discard the bottom ½ inch of the stem, then cut the broccoli into small florets. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Grate the Grana Padano on the small side of a box grater.

Start the broccoli:
2 Start the broccoli:

In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the broccoli florets; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened.

Finish the broccoli:
3 Finish the broccoli:

Add the sliced shallot, chopped garlic, and half the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is softened and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat.

Cook the pasta:
4 Cook the pasta:

While the broccoli cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked broccoli, add the cooked pasta, remaining butter, half the reserved pasta cooking water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and half the grated Grana Padano. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the remaining grated Grana Padano. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the broccoli; cut off and discard the bottom ½ inch of the stem, then cut the broccoli into small florets. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Grate the Grana Padano on the small side of a box grater.

2 Start the broccoli:

In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the broccoli florets; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened.

Start the broccoli:
Finish the broccoli:
3 Finish the broccoli:

Add the sliced shallot, chopped garlic, and half the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is softened and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat.

4 Cook the pasta:

While the broccoli cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the pasta:
Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked broccoli, add the cooked pasta, remaining butter, half the reserved pasta cooking water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and half the grated Grana Padano. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the remaining grated Grana Padano. Enjoy! 

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