Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Joy of Cooking with Family: A Pasta and Broccoli Recipe

One of my fondest memories of spending time with my family was when I visited my nephew and we decided to cook together. My nephew had always been interested in learning how to cook, so I was excited to share one of our family recipes with him. The recipe was for pasta and broccoli, a dish that my family had been making for generations. This was a two fold project we created a youtube video and you can watch his video at Vincent's Radical Universe.

As we started preparing the ingredients, I explained the history of the recipe to my nephew. I told him how my grandmother had come up with the recipe using whatever ingredients she had on hand to make a filling and nutritious meal for her family. Over the years, the recipe had been passed down from generation to generation, with each family member putting their own spin on it.

We started by boiling the pasta and steaming the broccoli until they were both tender. Then, we combined them in a large bowl with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese. We tossed everything together until the pasta was coated in a creamy, flavorful sauce.

As we cooked, my nephew asked me lots of questions about the recipe and about our family history. I was happy to share stories with him and pass on some of our family traditions. I could see the joy and excitement on his face as we cooked together, and it made me feel grateful for the opportunity to spend time with him.

Finally, it was time to eat. We sat down at the table and dug into our bowls of pasta and broccoli. The dish was as delicious as I remembered, and my nephew seemed to agree. He even asked for the recipe so he could make it at home for his family.

Cooking with my nephew was a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. It reminded me of the importance of family traditions and the joy that comes from sharing them with others. I hope that one day my nephew will pass on this recipe to his own children and grandchildren, and that it will continue to be a part of our family for generations to come.

I hope this blog post captures the essence of your experience and inspires others to cook with their loved ones and pass on their own family recipes.

Pasta and Broccoli Recipe


  • 1 lb pasta (spaghetti is best)
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, steam the broccoli in a separate pot or steamer basket until it is tender but still firm, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a large pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the steamed broccoli to the pan with the garlic and red pepper flakes. Toss to coat the broccoli in the oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest. Add the pasta to the pan with the broccoli and toss to combine.
  6. If the pasta and broccoli seem dry, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to the pan to loosen everything up.
  7. Finally, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the pasta and broccoli and toss to combine. Serve hot and enjoy!