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Simple Pasta with Broccoli and Greens

Though a spicy green (like arugula) works excellent in this recipe, any green will work.


1 lg head of broccoli, stalks and florets chopped into bite size pieces
1/2 to 1 bu. kale, chopped finely
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Dried chili or chili flakes
1 pound pasta shells or other variety
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: ricotta salata or parmesan cheese


  1. Steam broccoli for 3 min, until bright green.
  2. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. Saute garlic and chili flakes in 2 tbsp olive oil for 1 min.
  4. Add broccoli and stir, partially cover pan and allow to cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add the kale and cook