Broccoli Farfalline For Presto Pasta Nights

I am submitting this recipe for Broccoli Farfalline to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Theresa of The Food Hunter’s Guide

Today, my heart split in two. Since moving to Gordons Bay in 2001 I have never once considered Johannesburg as being far away. We live in an instant society – we can pick up a telephone, and speak to someone straight away, or use skype and actually see them. We can IM, SMS, BBM or whatsapp someone and they will get the message straight away. But, despite this, Johannesburg is still 4 hours away and the cost of an airplane ticket. I would not begrudge the expense to go up to Johannesburg but the timing is not right for me. Part of me wishes I could split in 2 and be in Johannesburg right now, while still being here in Gordons Bay where I too am needed. This hurts and tugs and pulls me in all sorts of directions. My virtual hugs, and Ethernet love will have to suffice for now.

Often during the week, pasta dishes are created as a way of using what is in my fridge. The food is made with love which is what counts. When I opened my fridge for inspiration I saw a whole head of broccoli that I had purchased from a farmer’s market. This sounded like the perfect place to start supper.

Broccoli Farfalline
Broccoli Farfalline
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Broccoli Farfalline

Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 200 g farfalline
  • 1 head broccoli florets
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 100 g mushrooms sliced
  • 250 g creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5 mls Dijon mustard
  • salt to season
  • cherry tomatoes for garnishing
  • Parmesan cheese for garnishing


  • preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • cook the pasta and at the same time, steam your broccoli until just cooked
  • heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the mushrooms until soft
  • mix together the cream cheese, the egg, the cheddar cheese and the mustard
  • season the pasta
  • chop the broccoli and add this to the cheese mixture with the pasta and the mushrooms
  • spoon into oven proof dishes
  • add some whole cherry tomatoes and grate over some Parmesan
  • bake for 20 minutes

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36 thoughts on “Broccoli Farfalline For Presto Pasta Nights

  1. Sometimes this “instant” world we live in lets us know it’s not quite the same thing as being there. Good thing there’s pasta to comfort us 😉 The dish sounds lovely and all I’m missing is the broccoli. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights

  2. I have all of these things in the kitchen as we speak, broccoli of which needs to be cooked today! I want to try this, have you ever pre made the mixture and baked them later? Do you think that would work out? It’s hard feeling like you need to be in two places at once but sometimes it’s better to not beat yourself up and know that you are doing all you can (and as women that tends to be a lot)!

    1. For sure you can premake this and bake later – I do that often if we are going out before dinner. Please let me know how it works out. I know I can only be in one place at the moment – but I have a friend who is hurting and I would love to give her a big hug 🙂

  3. This sounds delicious,, Tandy. Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes you post. xxx

  4. Oh, I so know how you feel. I’ve been away from my family and friends for quite awhile now and my trip back home last weekend was way too short! Yes, we can keep in touch with others thru many ways but that human closeness is what I really miss.

  5. Oh, I so know how you feel Tandy. I’ve lived away from my family and friends for quite some time. My trip home last weekend was just too short! I can’t just hop on a plane and visit as often as I’d like and it had been years since I was there. Yes, there are many ways to connect but that human contact is what I miss!

  6. Mmm, that sounds like a warming, hearty and filling meal–perfect for a day of not-so-positive emotions. As much as technology helps, it’s still not the same as being able to see people in person or be somewhere else. I’m sorry you can’t be everywhere you’d like 🙁

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