12-8: Penne with Broccoli

As you’ve probably figured out, I don’t always write these immediately after I’ve cooked the dish. I usually remember a lot about them though, and I make a lot of mental notes as I go, especially now that I’ve done 80+ of these at this point.

I don’t remember a damned thing about 12-8: Penne with Broccoli. I’m pretty sure the only thing I remember was that it was pretty unmemorable.

12-8 Penne with Broccoli
My guess is it’s one of those one-pan-skillet-easy-weeknight-dinner kind of things that gets you to eat vegetables by covering them in cheese and noodles. Not that that’s bad, but it’s nothing new.

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My mom probably did make this one, or at least a lot of dishes similar to it. She probably would have 86’d the mushrooms though.

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Ingredients–everything’s legit except for that I made more pasta than 6 oz.

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Do your mise en place–it’ll be much easier once you get going.

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Sauté away.

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Blanching my broccoli.

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Everything all together–those onions and mushrooms really cook down.

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Veggies cooking with milk and flour–you’re essentially making a roux for your cheese sauce base.

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Adding in the cheese to make the cheese sauce. I didn’t take any pictures of the pasta boiling, but I think you can imagine it. If you can’t, 12-4: Pasta with Mushrooms is essentially this recipe with less broccoli & cheese and has also got you covered in the pictures-of-pasta-in-boiling-water department.

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Finished product. I think it was a pretty good dinner, but obviously nothing standout. Sometimes simple is okay too, I suppose.

Grade: B

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