Broccoli With Fusilli and Red Pepper

Serves 6 to 8. Recipe is from Beneforté.

11/2 cups broccoli florets

3 tsps. salt, divided

1/2 lb. fusilli pasta

4 tbls. extra virgin olive oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into long thin strips

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 lemon zest

1⁄8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

21/2 tbls. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Freshly grated Parmesan (optional)

1. Cook broccoli for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt. Remove from water with slotted spoon. Place in large bowl and set aside.

2. In same water, cook pasta according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain well and add to broccoli.

3. While pasta is cooking, in small sauté pan, heat oil and cook sliced red pepper, garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 3 minutes.

4. Off heat, add 2 teaspoons salt, red pepper flakes, pepper and lemon juice. Mix and pour this over broccoli and pasta. Toss well.

5. Season to taste, sprinkle with cheese (if using), and serve.

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