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Penne with Broccoli and Tuscan Vodka Sauce Recipe

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Here’s an easy, yet delicious recipe everyone is guaranteed to love! It’s a great alternative to cheesy broccoli. We all want our kids to eat their greens, and broccoli with Scarpetta’s Tuscan Vodka Sauce will have them begging for more.


This recipe is also delicious with many other types of pasta!


Here’s all you will need:


• 1 Jar Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Sauce

• 4 to 5 cups Broccoli florettes from one large head

• 1 lb of Penne or your favorite pasta (follow cooking instructions on the package)


1. Steam broccoli until bright green (about 5 minutes on high steam).

2. Toss the broccoli with cooked penne and Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Sauce.

Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Enjoy!

The Origin of Pasta


Did you know that Pasta is NOT originally from Italy? Pasta has become recognizable with Italian cuisine worldwide. While it is true that the most famous varieties and pasta recipes really do come from Italy, the actual origin of pasta lies elsewhere!


You may be wondering how pasta made its way to Italy. The Association of Food Industries states that pasta was brought to Italy by Marco Polo all the way from China! He had ventured there in the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and they had been consuming noodles made with either wheat or rice flour as early as 3000 B.C. Pasta also appears to have been a feature in the diet of ancient Greek civilization! In fact, the word lasagna comes from the Greek term “laganon,” which consisted of strips of dough made with flour and water.

Pasta really didn’t start to become a widely consumed food in Italy until the industrial revolution came along. This is because a machine that could do the kneading was invented dramatically reducing the price of pasta. It was invented in Naples and it is probably no surprise that Naples was the first Italian city to really embrace pasta in a big way. Most pasta dishes in the Italian diet were first created in the city of Naples.

Since the introduction of pasta it has obviously grown dramatically in popularity in Italy and has really become the staple of the diet. In large part this is because it can be produced at a fairly low cost and is very easy to make!