Scene from a Marriage

A Friday night in Forest Hills.

Wife: Want to got to Nick’s for pizza?

Husband: No.  I’m in the mood for a hamburger.  How about Sante Fe Steakhouse or TGIFridays?

Wife: Um, no.  How about Johnny Rockets?

Husband: I think their hamburgers are disgusting.

Wife exits Stage Right and heads to the kitchen.

Hmmm … what have we here?  Some broccoli.  Some frozen tortellini.  Garlic and olive oil (always).  Could a dinner that is even easier than takeout be at hand?

Broccoli with Tortellini

1 Bunch broccoli
1 Bag frozen cheese tortellini (also works with cheese cavatelli or meat tortellini)
2 -3 Cloves garlic (amount depends on how much you like garlic)
Olive oil
Salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste

Fill a big pot with water and set it to boil. 

Meanwhile, chop the broccoli into florets.  Mince the garlic.

When the water is boiling drop in the tortellini and broccoli and set the timer for about 6 minutes.  Once cooked, drain them into a big colander.  Use a paper towel to wipe the remaining water from the pot (be careful!) and set it back onto the stove on a medium flame. 

Add two to three tablespoons of olive oil and the garlic.  Saute for about 2 minutes.  The garlic should be fragrant and golden.  Dump the tortellini and broccoli back into the pot, turn off the heat, and toss it all to combine.  Add salt, pepper and, if desired, red pepper flakes. 

Serve.

Husband:  Mmmmm.  This is yummy.

Good husband.