pan roasted broccoli and pasta bake


2 cups of broccoli

tsp of cumin

2 tables of olive oil

tsp of kosher salt

11- 13 oz of pasta

0.5 cup of grated parmesan chees


lb of ricotta cheese

0.36 cup of bank bread crumbs

tables of grated lemon peel

tsp of ground pepper

lemon juice

Plan of Attack

Preheat the oven to 390 degrees

Toss the broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper and place on the baking sheet. Put your baking sheet into the oven and roast until tender and browning on the edges.

Combine the lemon zest, parmesan, and bread crumbs in your medium mixing bowl. *This is the place where you also could add more spices, as I did, like powdered garlic, or heat. I was cooking for some people with particular palates so I did not add to much crushed red pepper, but your could add more than I did.

Remove the pan from the oven, and distribute the ricotta. Cover the entire mixture with parmesan cheese mixture and return to the pan and broil the pan until the cheese melts and develops a beautiful crust.

My comments: I should have broiled the pan for more minutes because it did not get as crunchy as I would have preferred and I would also, heading forward use whole milk ricotta and more parmesan cheese, because I thought this pasta lacked salt.