Photo: Rachel Roddy

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The Breezy, Laid-Back Roman Dinner
This much-loved vegetarian dish is common in Rome, but we envision it going over well just about anywhere, since it calls for just seven ingredients, comes together in less than 30 minutes and requires minimal chopping (plus, absolutely no slicing or dicing). It's basically just cauliflower or broccoli mixed with penne or rigatoni, but the magic is in the sauce, a result of slightly mashing the veggies in garlicky oil and combining them with the pasta-cooking water and (you guessed it) grated Parmesan or pecorino.

Get the recipe: Pasta e Broccoli (Pasta and Broccoli)