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Recipe Review: Spicy Roasted Broccoli Pasta from NYTimes Cooking

I was very, very excited when this deliciousness emerged from my oven today.  The recipe is from Melissa Clark at NYTimes Cooking, which usually bodes well.

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Creamy, crunchy, EASY. You're taking roasted broccoli and tossing it with cooked pasta, then briefly broiling it with dollops of ricotta and a crunchy breadcrumb-parmesan topping.

It's a fresher take on a pasta bake, basically. 

I roasted extra broccoli yesterday and cooked the noodles during Sam's nap, so pulling this together at dinner time was verrrrry fast. I briefly reheated the pasta and broccoli since the broiler only hits the top. Speaking of which, I also rotated the pan and broiled for a few minutes longer because my broiler doesn't cover much area.

I should note that I didn't add the red pepper flakes so this wasn't spicy, but I'm sure it'd be grand. The lemon juice to finish is marked as optional, but please don't skip it. I also used a full pound of pasta and 10oz. of ricotta because those were my package sizes and didn't regret having extra. Next time I'd make more of the crunchy topping, too.

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