As you may already know if you follow my blog, I have set up my vegetable garden in April. My broccoli leaves are getting out of hand. They are covering all the other plants that need sun too. I needed to cut them back. I rea,d that you need to cut some of them back so I did that and thought I should be able to cook with them. So, doing some research online, I found that I was able to cook and eat broccoli leaves. Today, I am going to share with you one of my Spaghetti with Broccoli Leaves recipes I tried personally.
Can you eat broccoli leaves?
While researching this article from The Food Network, I found that I can eat broccoli leaves. YAY! I was so happy to know this since I needed to cut them back so I could grow my broccoli.
You can cook them like you do kale, spinach, and swiss chard. Be sure to cut out the stems as you do with these vegetables.
What Ingredients do I need to make Broccoli Leaves and Spaghetti Recipe?
5 cups of broccoli leaves cut Julienne style from your garden or purchased at a farm
3 teaspoon crushed Garlic
2 tablespoon Butter
½ cup of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
12 oz Gluten-Free or Regular Spaghetti
Salt / Pepper
How to make Broccoli Leaves and Spaghetti recipe?
Boil the water and add salt to the spaghetti. Follow the instructions on the box of pasta.
In a skillet, add olive oil, red pepper flakes, and crushed garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Don't let the garlic burn. Pour about 75% of the cooked mixture into a heat-resistant measuring cup. Leave 25% of the mix in the skillet.
To cut the broccoli leaves, cut out the stem as you would with Kale and Julienne the leaves.
Extra Step: (Can be omitted if you want)
To add any extra layer to make the broccoli leaves taste better, try this extra step.
Blanch the Broccoli leaves in boiling water for a few minutes to soften. Then remove and dry on a paper towel or clean tea towel. Then proceed to the next step.
Add the broccoli leaves Julienne style to the olive oil mixture on medium heat. Saute for about 5-7 minutes or until wilted, like this below. Turn off the flame and let it sit.
Then, add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and toss the spaghetti while adding the reserved olive oil mixture. Coat the spaghetti and then let it sit just for a few minutes. Add Parmigiana or Romano cheese.
Here is the finished Spaghetti and Broccoli Leaves dish. Enjoy!
Where do you find broccoli leaves?
Usually, you can purchase broccoli and its leaves if you go to a farm. You can also grow broccoli in your garden, and you will have ample broccoli leaves to make this dish.
Tips on making this recipe.
Be sure to remove the thick stems in the center of the broccoli leaves. They will not soften. Cut them out with a knife and then julienne the leaves.
Tools I used for this recipe.
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