Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mum & Dad, penne with broccoli

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday - we drove down to Victoria after work to spend the weekend with my parents. So dinner was eaten on the road, shh don't tell...

Today is a bit of a guest blog, courtesy of my Mum. I'm still blogging, but she cooked, and I took the photos.

The recipe is based on one in The Silver Spoon, orecchiette with broccoli, but modified (as all Mums do), to suit the ingredients she has. My parents grow a lot of their own produce, and this is a great recipe to use up the smaller heads that sprout from a broccoli plant once the main head has been harvested (they look a bit like broccolini).

Penne with broccoli
adapted from The Silver Spoon, pg 274
serves 4
  • 800g broccoli florets
  • 2tbs garlic olive oil
  • splash chilli olive oil
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 400g short pasta
  • large handful finely grated parmesan
Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente.
Put broccoli florets in a microwave safe container with a splash of water. Steam in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, until bright green.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large fry pan over medium-high heat. Stir in anchovies and break up with spoon.
Drain the broccoli and add to the pan with the chilli, stir until heated through and coated with anchovy oil.
Stir the parmesan through the drained pasta, then add the broccoli, and stir until well combined.
Serve with cracked black pepper and extra parmesan.

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