Bowties and Broccoli is one of those dishes that those who are bad cooks can do. Is your wife mad at you because you spent $300 on strippers at your buddies bachelor party? Hey… it only happens once and you wanted him to have a good time. You did not participate, just paid. Does she believe you, no. Unless she is an idiot and then maybe. Or possibly you spent $500 on a new purse when you told your husband the family needed to save money. “But it increases in value” you say. He doesn’t believe you. Either way you got here, you need to make it up to them and this dish is simple. Maybe a little bread and wine and they will forget all about you being a horrible selfish person. Hooray! Now go make this easy bastard!




  • 4-8 cups broccoli florets (2-4 heads)
  • 1/2 pound farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese



  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add some damn salt to it.
  2. Cook the broccoli for 3 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the water with a slotted spoon. Place in a large bowl and set aside. Maybe put a little salt, pepper and butter on it.
  3. In the same water, cook the bow-tie pasta according to the package directions, about 12 minutes. Drain well and add to the broccoli.
  4. As the pasta is cooking, in a small sauté pan, heat the butter and oil and cook the garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the heat, add salt, the pepper, and lemon juice
  6. When pasta is cooked and drained, add some more butter. Then add broccoli and pour garlic butter over the broccoli and pasta. Toss well.
  7. Sprinkle with the almonds and cheese.


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recipe ingredients

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Bowties and Broccoli in pot

Bowties and Broccoli


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