Sunday, March 14, 2010

Broccoli with Pasta

We found these interesting pasta shapes at Whole Foods and used them in a very simple recipe to really enjoy the pasta flavor.

  • 1 3/4 LB broccoli
  • 1 LB pasta
  • 6 TB olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 anchovy fillets in oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cut broccoli florets in 2 pieces.
  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil.
  • Boil broccoli until barely tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove broccoli pieces from the pan to a serving bowl and do not discard the water.
  • Add salt to the cooking water.
  • Add pasta, stir well, and cook until al dente, in this case about 8 minutes.
  • While the pasta is boiling, heat the oil in a small frying pan.
  • Add the garlic, and after 2-3 minutes the anchovy fillets.
  • Mash the anchovies and garlic into a paste with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Cook 3-4 minutes more.
  • Before draining the pasta, ladl3 1-2 cupfuls of the cooking water over the broccoli.
  • Add the drained pasta and the hot anchovy and oil mixture.
  • Mix well, and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve at once.


  1. I've never seen that shape of pasta before - did it taste like regular pasta?

  2. This sounds and looks delicious!