Linguine with Broccoli

About a month ago DreamFields Pasta contacted us about a challenge they were sponsoring. They said they would send us a free box of pasta (and a box for one of our readers too!) if we posted a 1 pot pasta meal using their pasta. Free pasta for us, and one of our readers? Of course we’d do it! At first I was a little leery.
According to the DreamFields website:

Our healthy pasta recipe has fewer digestible carbs, about the same high fiber as whole wheat pasta, and it can help you manage your blood sugar. DreamFields even has the great taste and al dente texture of authentic pasta.

I was worried that this pasta would taste like cardboard! Just because something is healthy does NOT mean that I want to eat it. It must taste good too!! I can honestly say that I really could not tell the difference. This pasta tastes just like regular pasta. I wish I had known about this pasta before. My Grandma loved pasta but she couldn’t eat it too often because she was diabetic. But this pasta can help manage your blood sugar.

As soon as we heard about this challenge we knew what we would make. Kelly and I grew up eating spaghetti with broccoli. Sooo… we just improved upon that. We used to use jarred minced garlic (how embarrassing). But now we use fresh garlic. So much better! We used to use frozen broccoli, now we use fresh. And the biggest difference is that now we reserve some pasta water so that the pasta does not dry out. That is key. If you are looking for a quick weeknight meal that does not use 10 different pots, then give this a try. It’s healthy too!

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Leave us a separate comment for each entry, up to 3 entries per person. We’ll use to pick a lucky winner to receive a box of DreamFields pasta. This contest ends at 10 pm central time on November 15, 2011. Winner will be announced in tomorrow’s post and also notified by email. Open to US residents only. DreamFields pasta is sponsoring this giveaway but all thoughts and opinions are ours.

Here is what you'll need

Chop the broccoli, shallot, and garlic

Cook the linguine, reserving at least a cup of pasta water

Saute the garlic, shallot, and broccoli with the olive oil

Add the wine

Saute until the broccoli is tender

Add the heavy cream and the cheese

Allow to thicken slightly and remove from heat. Add the lemon zest

Season with salt and pepper

Add the linguine back to the pot. Add as much pasta water as necessary. The pasta water will help the sauce stick to the linguine.

Enjoy with a nice glass of white wine. And the best part is that there is only 1 pot to clean!