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Broccoli Pasta with Anchovies 🥦-Fresh Connection

Broccoli Pasta with Anchovies 🥦

Broccoli pasta with anchovies is one of my favourite dishes and oh so easy to make. If you are not a fan of anchovies, you can replace them with bacon. My mum used to make the vegetarian version without anchovies or bacon, and it was still delicious 🥦

Be sure you use the broccoli stems which are nutritious and full of flavour. Just trim them all over to remove the outer tough layer and then slice away. Maybe mix it up with cousin cauliflower 😀

Ingredients
  • 3-4 large broccoli, cut into small florets, trim and slice stem
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra
  • 80 g anchovy fillets in oil (I prefer olive oil)
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 400g fresh or dried pasta
  • 2 tsps lemon, zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon, juice
  • parmesan cheese, to serve
Method
  1. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the extra virgin olive oil and add the anchovies, garlic and chilli flakes. Fry for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, until the anchovies start to melt into the oil.
  2. Add the broccoli to the pan with a dash more oil and 1/2 cup hot water. Cook the broccoli until soft. If you want it to cook faster and stay moist, cover with a lid {monitor the cooking}
  3. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook your pasta. {You may want to add a knob of butter to your cooked pasta, if that’s what you normally do}
  4. Stir the pasta and 3/4 cup of the pasta water into the broccoli mixture and cook for another minute. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  5. Serve with grated parmesan over the top and finish with salt and pepper to taste. 
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