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Broccoli, Peperoncino, Garlic alla Nana

Quick veggie dish served as a side dish or over pasta.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and mashed
  • onion, minced and peeled
  • ¼ tsp. red chili powder or chili flakes
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. water


  • Wash broccoli and trim stalks.
    broccoli peperoncino garlic
  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan, add garlic, onion, and chili powder or flakes. Heat until onion is soft, then remove garlic and discard.
  • Add broccoli and water and a pinch of salt. Mix, cover and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Check for desired doneness. Remove from heat and serve immediately, or mix into cooked spaghetti or your favorite pasta.


Of course, this recipe can handle myriad variations. Just for fun, I went a bit heavy on the garlic and added some Jimmy Nardello peppers to the mix. Also, I had some leftover new onion tops in the fridge, so they went in, too.
Nana won't mind. 
Keyword broccoli, garlic, peperoncino