Stupid Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Stupid Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
Servings: 8 Prep 25 mins Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • Kosher or coarse salt
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 tsp. dried oregno
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, preferably low-sodium
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup homemade or store-bought pesto (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Juice of half a lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Make It

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water generously and add the pasta. Return the water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions, but stop when it is very al dente, about 2 minutes before it's done. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, chicken, oregano, and salt and pepper and saute until the chicken is just lightly browned on the outside, but not cooked through, about 3 minutes.

3. Add the chicken broth, 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, the broccoli florets, and pesto, if using. Cover the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add the drained almost-cooked pasta to the skillet, as well as the red-pepper flakes and butter and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot, and simmer until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice, if using, and the additional pasta cooking water if the amount of liquid seems too skimpy - you want it a little saucy. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, add additional salt and pepper if needed, and serve, passing additional Parmesan on the side.