Sunday, April 18, 2010

Broccoli Pasta


You get home late, everyone is hungry and the nearest take away resturant seems to be the obvious choice. But it doesn't have to be.  I like this delicious, quick meal for times such as this. As long as you have a couple of broccoli heads in the refrigerator along with the pantry staples of pasta, garlic and bottled anchovies you have a great easy dinner. Top it off with fabulous parmesan reggiano or gran padano.  Buonissimo!
 The method is simple and variable to your taste. This is mine!
 Firstly take two heads of broccoli, break it into flowerettes and wash them well.
 
Put a large pot of water, well salted, on to boil. Meanwhile in a cold frying pan put a good 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil,  4 finely chopped cloves of garlic and 3 or 4 fillets of bottled anchovies. Slowly heat the pan up over the flame, crushing the anchovies until they melt into the mixture. At this point everyone should be gathering into the kitchen to find out what exactly is for dinner because it smells so good!
When your pot of water is boiling rapidly add the broccoli.
 
By now the anchovies will have melted and amalgamated well with the garlic and oil. Don't burn your garlic! Add a spoonful of chopped chillies if you like heat.
 
When your broccoli is tender remove with a slotted spoon and add to your pan of oil, garlic and anchovies. Cook 500g pasta of choice in the same water that the broccoli was cooked in until al dente.
I always add a few spoonfuls of tomato passata but that is your choice. Simmer for a few minutes for the flavours to meld. Taste, always taste! Adjust the seasoning if needed - a grind of pepper will be a must!
Drain the pasta and mix with the broccoli sauce adding a good handful of parmesan. Please use a really good freshly grated cheese not the cardboard, smelly stuff the comes pregrated in cheese shakers!
  
Call everyone to the table and serve with extra parmesan.
 In our household this is enough for about 4 hungry people!

12 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

This looks like a quick and delicious meal. Isn't it amazing how much faster it can be to make a good and healthy dinner instead of relying on takeout that probably isn't as tasty and costs more than it should too?

Proud Italian Cook said...

Another one of my favorite dinners. Who wants takeout when you can have this!

Simona said...

Looks beautiful! I love broccoli. I can smell your spaghetti: I am sure there wasn't a string left.

grace said...

broccoli isn't one of my favorite veggies and it often needs lots of help to get my stomach rumbling. you've achieved the rumble with this dish--the pepper flakes and mounds of cheese make all the difference in the world! :)

shaz said...

Sounds very quick and healthy. Must admit the household is not very big on brocolli but we like everything else (anchovies, parmesan etc)...so it's just a matter of finding a different veg that works well :) Although your dish looks so tasty, I'thinking it might win them over.

Michele said...

I love this dish! I totally agree that it's easy to create a fast pasta dish and it's better than going out! Delish!

Ago said...

Questo è un vero piatto italiano!!!! Good very very good Marcellina!!!! I use the same method to do my pasta and the chilli...it's the true italian touch! :-***

Barbara Bakes said...

What a great one pot meal. I haven't tried broccoli with pasta.

dana said...

I love love love broccoli! This would be so good! The other person I tend to cook for likes anything that involves parmesan cheese, so I need to try this out! I might need to put the anchovy in covertly...

Gastronomy Gal said...

oo this is a good one- I really need to start getting into the habit of doing quick and easy meals like this instead of either going to the local shop and spending a fortune on ingredients or heading for take-away.

Anita said...

Ahhh - quick, easy and tasty - and a lot cheaper than take-out. I always try and convince people it's quite easy to through something together at night..

msmeanie said...

Don't you just love pasta with vegetables. So simple and so good. Yours looks delish!