Thursday, 2 August 2012

Pasta pronto

With this weather, it's tricky thinking of food to cook which feels summery but will warm you up on a cold day. These two pasta recipes are coming up trumps for us at the moment.

The first recipe can be found online from Red Magazine - I always try to use wholewheat pasta, and so for this recipe used Seeds of Change semi-wholewheat Tortiglioni, available from Waitrose.

{pasta with ham & peas}

{ingredients: I cooked the ham in advance}

{the finished result}

There are so many versions of this Orecchiette con broccoli recipe online, but the best one I've found is the one which came in the freebie with The Telegraph recently, called Carluccio's Perfect Italian Cooking. I can't find this exact recipe online, so I've copied it out below. This recipe is also good, with the addition of lemon and parmesan, but the method is a bit fiddly, so I just add these ingredients to the Carluccio version below.

{I used wholewheat pasta shells instead of orecchiette}

Orecchiette con broccoli

Serves 4
350g pasta
salt & pepper
500g purple-sprouting broccoli (or I've also used normal broccoli or tenderstem broccoli, both of which work well)
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 red chilli, chopped
6 tbsp olive oil
small tin of anchovy fillets

Add your pasta to a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for 6 - 7 minutes.

Add the broccoli and continue to cook until the pasta is tender, another 5 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, fry the garlic and chilli in the olive oil for a few minutes. Just before the garlic starts to brown, take the pan off the heat, and add the anchovies, stirring to dissolve them.*

Drain the pasta and vegetables and toss with garlic, chilli and anchovy mixture. Taste for seasoning and serve.

I know this recipe doesn't call for it, but I always add parmesan at the end.

*I find that I need to leave the pan on a very low heat for the anchovies to dissolve completely. Also, Popeye hates anchovies, but loves this recipe - they just dissolve into the oil, so you don't even know you're eating them.

1 comment:

  1. Tried the broccoli & anchovy recipe last night - yum! And so easy. It's a new favourite. X