Rustic Garlic Butter Pasta with Roasted Broccoli


I love pasta. I eat mushrooms.

And I buy clearance shirts that are actually swim cover-ups.

How and why could I fall in love with a shirt that’s not a shirt? That makes me nervous.

I didn’t actually discover that it was a swim cover up until after I had bought it and imagined myself wearing it about 50 different adorable ways. Then I spotted the word “swim” floating amidst the pile of clothes on my bathroom floor.  I pulled it out from under my weeks worth of wannabe-summer outfits only to find that my new adorable shirt wasn’t actually a shirt.

And… it was Mossimo brand. Ew.

I thought Bjork would encourage me to keep it and wear it anyways because that’s how cute it was. After telling him the sad story of how my new shirt wasn’t really a shirt, I brought it out to him and waited for him to give his approval.

He commented on the weird fabric instead.

Why and how does my husband care about fabric? Come to think of it, he ate an avocado smooshed on naan and topped with olive oil and sea salt for dinner. If I could ignore how proud I am that my very own man made such a wonderful dinner, I would wonder if everything’s ok with him.

Mushroom Pasta

Oh, hey, this happened, too.  Between the “shirt” and the one-shot-photo-shoot, I’m a winner today.

I dunno, maybe it’s all the butter soaked mushrooms I’ve been eating. Maybe it’s the smell of sauteing garlic messing with my head.  All I know is that this pasta is BOMB. I’ve always loved crispy roasted broccoli, and I’ve always loved cheese, but mushrooms?  Dang.

You guys, I would not lie about this. The mushrooms.are.ahhhmazing. It’s incredible what a little butter and garlic can do to make me fall in love with fungi.

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Rustic Garlic Penne with Roasted Broccoli and Sauteed Mushrooms
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Serves: 4
  • 1 head broccoli, washed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ tablespoon dried Italian herbs or 2 tbs. fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, etc)
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • ½ tablespoon flour
  • sea salt
  • sharp, hard cheese for topping (like Parmesan)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss broccoli, oil, and herbs; scatter on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring every so often to avoid burning. I usually roast until the outsides are just slightly crispy.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic and season very generously with salt. Stir frequently until the mushrooms have a lightly browned outside and are soft, buttery and tasty (about 15-20 minutes).
  3. Stir in the flour with the butter and mushrooms if there is too much moisture. Add pasta and stir until well combined. Stir in roasted broccoli and top with cheese.

This is “rustic”, right?

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  1. This sounds so delicious! I love mushrooms!

  2. Ohhhhh boy, this looks so yummy! Awesome idea!

  3. mmm, mushrooms! sorry ’bout the shirt/swim coverup. and mossimo isn’t always bad. i have some cute stuff from that line. :)

  4. Oh Mossimo…I was attached to a Mossimo shirt once upon a time. Sometimes they jump up and surprise you with cute things. The fact that it’s a swim shirt just tickles me. I say wear it. Wear it all the time. No one will know! Your pasta looks delightful! Shredded cheese on top, mmm mmm good!

  5. I agree with Julia. You should wear it. At least it wasn’t Merona. Double ew.

  6. It looks amazing!!
    And where are the pictures of the weird/awesome shirt?? That’s what I wanna know. =)

  7. I bought a dress once thinking that it was a skirt. Or maybe the other way round. Either way, it was not a good look.

  8. Mmm, I want this for dinner tonight! Broccoli + pasta + mushrooms? Yes please. :)

  9. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. Yum! Love how simple this is. My kind of meal, for sure 😀

  11. This is pasta perfection, Lindsay. Love it!

  12. Pasta looks excellent, but I’m not so sure about the Mossimo “ew”-ness comment. lol. I have a few things of that brand, I think…Target, right? Hey, whatever you can afford! :)

    • Oh I’m with ya! I have plenty in my closet from Mossimo. Target needs to get a young adult line… I feel like Mossimo is to tweeny for me sometimes and Merona is too mom-ish for me sometimes. But I always love a good Target purchase!!

  13. Oh yum! Looks so good, Lindsay!

    I say keep the shirt! Someone might be debating whether or not they wear the swim suit cover up as a shirt and you just inspired them to keep it. :)

  14. Noelle Jaci says:

    I just made a broke college girl version of this for dinner. So good! Me and fungi aren’t on speaking terms haha. I happened to have broccoli and a red bell pepper in the fridge. Roasted the broccoli and sauteed the pepper with the garlic. I may be slightly embarrassed at how quickly I inhaled it. Definitely making it again

  15. This looks so tasty yet so easy to make – perfect for those busy weeknights.

  16. i will have to try this for sure – the garlicky mushroosm sound divine. roasted cauliflower (which is amazing) woudl also be fabulous in here, and i add it to my pasta like this too.

  17. That looks absolutely delicious! I love pasta and roasted vegetables, especially broccoli !

  18. Oh, gotta love those one shot photo days! And messes on the stove. I’m so proud to hear you’re entering mushroom territory – I promise you – add a splash of white wine next time – you’re eyes will roll so far back, they’ll get stuck looking at your brain!

  19. I added some cooked chicken and it was fabulous!

  20. Rachel Warrick says:

    Dear God this was good. I ended up making it all vegan by using butter and Parmesan substitutes and it turned out phenomenal. I will definitely be making this again!

  21. Hello,
    I just started following your blog a few weeks ago and I am already in love! First off- I LOVE how you have the recipes organized. So easy- definitely my favorite of the blogs I follow! And about this dish- oh my goodness. It rocked. My mom and I made it together for dinner last night and it was a wow. I loved the flavors of the mushrooms combined with the roasted broccoli. I never would have thought to roast broccoli to add in, and I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks so much for this one! I’ll definitely make it again!

  22. Stumbled across this recipe about a month ago and have made it at least three times since then. I just recently became a stay-at-home mom and am getting used to cooking dinner on a more regular basis and I love how easy this is to make. Oh, and roasted broccoli. I’ve never tried it before this recipe but um, so yummy! My favorite part about it is that before I get a chance to put away the leftovers, my husband I pick at what’s left in the skillet like candy!

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