What’s for dinner at the Manzo casa? “I made it the other night,” Caroline tells us about her cavatelli and broccoli specialty. And get your stomachs growling, Dish readers, because the Italian cook is sharing her recipe exclusively with you. Come and get it!
Here's what the Real Housewives of New Jersey star says you’ll need to step up to her plate:
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces or 1 package frozen chopped (10 oz)
1 pound cavatelli (you can buy fresh or frozen, I keep frozen in the freezer at all times)
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil
4-5 large garlic cloves, smashed
2 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Good grade of cheese. I like Locatelli Pecorino Romano (grated)
Now get to the mangia finish line by following Caroline’s directions:
If using fresh broccoli, cook in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and set aside.
Heat oil in large saucepan, add garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes.
Add broccoli and sauté for about 3 minutes. If using frozen, sauté for a minute or two longer.
Add chicken broth, salt and pepper.
Simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Cook the cavatelli in boiling salted water, strain and add to broccoli/broth.
Add desired amount of grated cheese; sprinkle some red pepper flakes if you're looking for a little more kick!
Serve with crusty Italian bread and enjoy!
One last tip from Mama Manzo: “As a side note, I sometimes save the rind off a block of provolone and throw it into the broth to simmer for extra flavor; remove before serving.” Eat up!
Thanks for your recipe, I make this also, my husband would like pasta every night so this one is a treat for him.
I made this tonight for dinner, I didn't know what I was going to make and checked FB after getting back from the store. I had all the ingredients and bam! Hubby loved it and said that it would make a great 1st course for a traditional Italian meal. He suggested Steak Pizzaiola :) This Italian is a happy girl tonight!!! Thanks Caroline!!!