Sunday, 10 June 2012

Pasta with Broccoli

After all of the beef we managed to consume over the course of the last week, its no surprise that we're having a couple of vegetarian days.  We often make pasta dishes with broccoli but tonight is a new one.  I happened to catch one of Jamie Oliver's Meals in 30 Minutes a few weeks ago and was intrigued with his take on the dish, so I decided to give it a try.

At it's heart, it is very similar to how I would have cooked the dish; anchovies, garlic and dried chilli fried in olive oil and then mixed through cooked pasta and broccoli.  The main difference is the use of the broccoli stalk.  This gets blended with the other sauce ingredients in a food processor to make a paste.  The paste is then fried off, adding a little of the pasta water every couple of minutes to stop it from catching.  The broccoli florets are cooked with the pasta and stirred through the cooked sauce.  The inclusion of the broccoli stalk adds a nice depth of flavour and saves on food waste.  I'll be cooking this again, thank you Mr Oliver.

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