Macaroni aka Pasta e fagioli or even Pasta Fazul meaning pasta and beans has been taken with a large bit of leeway by Italian Americans. Growing up we had Pasta e faioli every other night or every night at Grandmas( I should not discriminate though as this grandma was German American who of course spoke fluent Sicilian!) Yes at Granny's it was "Pasta And" no matter the entree I think her Depression Era background played into this as she wanted to make sure it seemed everybody was fed. Well this Pasta e fagioli was turned into whatever veggie might work that night. This created a never ending pasta bowl at my grandparents' house and this did rub off on mom....I have introduced Macaroni and Peas now here's Broccoli and pasta now you should get that the idea with some garlic,olive oil,pasta and veggie there is always easy fresh food to make.
Pasta e fagoli (Broccoli)
1lb Macaroni (Anything works with Broccoli)
7 cloves of garlic (More to taste)
1 cup of cold water
2/3 cup Olive oil
two punches of salt
punch of pepper
1 head of Broccoli(large or two small)
Heat the water to boil add punch of salt and cook pasta per instructions but don't drain (This should ideally be cooked at the same time as the Broccoli)
Heat the Olive oil in a large sauce or frying pan and cook the garlic for two minutes on low heat
(don't brown it)
Add the Broccoli and the cup of water to the pan bring to boil and cover cook for 9-10 minutes on a
Take the pasta pot drain the(not the pasta) water till just below the level of the pasta add the contents
of the pan, possibly more water depending if you like it soupy or not.And the punches of pepper and salt mix well
Salt to taste add your favorite grated cheese and enjoy!