My kids love pasta, so I am always looking for variations from our typical pasta-based fare just to keep things interesting. Of course, we will never abandon one of our standard favorites, spaghetti and meatballs (affectionately known as ‘speggy and merbles’ in our house!), but sometimes it is nice to try something completely different.
I love this recipe because it is so easy! Just boil your pasta, steam your broccoli, toss with the sauce, and you have a complete meal in one dish.
It is fast, too, especially if you steam your broccoli in the microwave. While the pasta is cooking, I quickly zap my broccoli and mix up the sauce, and then by the time the pasta is done everything is ready to go! When I am able to be very efficient (no interruptions to help with homework, or sign test papers, or answer the phone!), I can get this dinner on the table in 20 minutes! Woo hoo!
I was a little anxious as to whether Thing 2 would like this dish, because of the sriracha sauce. In general, he does not like spicy foods. So I kept it on the mild side for this recipe, but you can always jazz it up with a little more sriracha if your family likes a bit more kick!
DH and Thing 1 were totally on board and really enjoyed this recipe. DH added a bit more sriracha to his portion. Thing 2 was hesitant, but he is really good about trying new dishes, and in the end he did enjoy it!
Broccoli Penne with Spicy Peanut Butter SaucePrint Recipe
- Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package directions.
- Steam the broccoli florets until tender crisp. (In a microwave-safe bowl, add the florets and a tablespoon or two of water, cover with plastic wrap with an opening to let steam out, and microwave for 2-3 minutes, then 1 minute at a time until desired texture is reached)
- Combine the peanut butter, water, maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger, and sriracha sauce and mix until smooth.
- Combine the sauce with the pasta and broccoli and toss to coat.
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