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Monday, March 31, 2008

Rotini with Broccoli and Shrimp

This is my own twist to Giada's recipe of Farfalle with Broccoli. I used whole grain instead of regular pasta to make it healthier; Rotini (spiral pasta) instead of Farfalle (bowtie pasta); and added some shrimps for more flavor and texture .

A grain is considered whole when all three parts – bran, germ and endosperm – are present. Most people know that fruits and vegetables contain beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants, but many do not realize that whole grains are often an even better source of these key nutrients. In fact whole grains are a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber, as well as other valuable antioxidants not found in some fruits and vegetables. Most of the antioxidants and vitamins are found in the germ and the bran of a grain.


1 pound whole grain Rotini pasta
24 pcs medium shrimps, shells removed
2 heads broccoli, trimmed to florets (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, chopped
8-10 anchovy fillets, diced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally.

2. After 5 minutes, add the broccoli florets to the pasta and stir and cook for another 4 minutes. Drain pasta and broccoli, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.

3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes and cook for 3 minutes.

4. Add the shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes.

5. Add the broccoli, pasta, salt and pepper and toss. Add some of the reserved pasta water, if necessary, to make a light sauce.

6. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with Parmesan.


  1. Congrats on your nth blog! You'll just have to excuse me if I cannot visit all of them. ;) It takes forever to get to all of it just like Lanie's! LOL

    I still do not care for whole grain pasta, we do not like the taste and texture. :( This is one of those things I am not giving up no matter what they say. LOL We eat whole grain bread all the time though, Tyler is so used to having it that when his grandmother gave him white bread he said he didn't like it. LOL

    Definitely Maybe!
    Not Just Another Blog...

  2. Barb yeah it doesn't taste as good, its very meaty and heavy too. I can only eat so much myself so the good thing is you wont indulge and just eat the right amount, LOL. Also that's the only available whole box pasta in my pantry so I made do with what I had, LOL.

    Yeah we eat whole grain too but mostly whote wheat bread.

  3. Hi Mira,

    Congrats for making this blog. I am looking forward for more recipes.


  4. looks yummy. you have left over> paki email naman oh.

  5. Hi Dhoy its so good to see you here, how's everything? Thanks for visiting, hopefully I can come up with recipes you will like. Hope to see you sometime.

  6. Ms Carlotz, wala na left-over, Rob took it to work. Tks for the visit.