It has come to my attention that a recipe I invented and taught a friend has now been circulating from my friend to her sister to her mother — and who knows, maybe it’s already on YouTube!
I hadn’t thought it was that impressive of a recipe, but when it came back to me through my mom that people were enjoying my recipe, I decided — why not post it here?
Lia’s Pesto, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Pasta
By Lia Lehrer
Total prep time: 20 minutes
Your favorite pasta
Butter or margarine
Optional: fresh mozzarella
1. Boil water for pasta in a medium pot. Follow the box’s directions for making pasta. This may be a crazy assumption, but I’m guessing you know how to make pasta.
2. While the pasta is pastafying (if I like pasta, am I Pastafarian?), saute broccoli in a small pan. Cut the broccoli into small pieces, because there’s nothing more annoying than taking a bite of a big piece of broccoli and then having to chew ridiculously quickly when the phone inevitably rings. We’re saving lives here.
3. When the pasta is ready, drain (are drain and strain the same words? why would you make two synonyms rhyme?) (also, did you know that you can drain in a strainer, but you should NOT strain in a drainer?) and put it back in the pot.
4. On a low heat, stir in butter or margarine (I like Earth Balance because it makes me feel healthier than I’m actually being). I’m not sure why I do this or if it’s actually necessary, but hey, this is my recipe and I can do what I want.
5. Keep the heat on and stir in some pesto sauce. These are two of the brands I use. Most of the brands (such as the Trader Joe’s brand) are dairy, but if you’re looking for non-dairy, you can buy it at Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie. But then again, if you’re not into dairy, this recipe probably isn’t for you.
6. This is important. Check your pesto sauce to make sure that it is not expired. Especially if it says “use within three weeks” and you’re pretty sure you got it when you moved into your apartment in January 2011. Theoretically, of course. In this case, you could risk it (what’s the worst that could happen?), but the recipe will be fine without it. I’m showing you this recipe without the pesto sauce so as not to make anyone feel left out if you don’t have pesto at home. For realsies.
7. Stir in some shredded mozzarella until it melts. If you have fresh mozzarella, it’s sometimes nice to throw a few pieces in there for the extra flavor and texture. I didn’t have any fresh mozzarella when making this (but I wish I did!).
8. Lastly, stir in your sauteed broccoli. Put it into a bowl. If you’re having my mom over for dinner, add some parsley as a garnish; if you’re not, don’t worry about it, it’s green enough as it is.