Delicate angel hair pasta is coated in zesty garlic and salty Parmesan cheese in this crowd pleaser. Kids will have fun separating the head of broccoli into florets resembling tiny trees. This recipe comes to us from Kristen Uhrenholdt of The Family Dinner blog and the great folks at The Kids Cook Monday. This recipe is suitable for little cooks between the of ages 4-7.
Pasta with Cheese and Broccoli Trees
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp butter (optional)
- 1 large bunch broccoli
- 1 (16-oz) box angel hair pasta
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Adult: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Adult: Heat the olive oil and butter, if using, in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
Kid: Pull the florets or “trees” off of the head of broccoli and transfer to a bowl. Reserve the broccoli’s stem.
Adult: Peel the broccoli’s stem and chop it finely. Add the broccoli’s florets, stem and the angel hair pasta to the pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the pasta is just cooked through. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl.
Together: Toss the pasta and broccoli with the garlic olive oil mixture and grated parmesan, taking care to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Serves 6. Per serving: 433 calories, 64g carbs, 16g protein, 13g fat, 7mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 5g fiber, 4g sugar.