Penne with broccoli

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A classic southern Italian pasta dish - you cook the broccoli until soft in the same water as the pasta. The key to this tasty dish is to drain the pasta and broccoli, and fry them a little in garlicky olive oil before serving. You can substitute anchovies for pancetta, or use salty pecorino, a more authentic southern-style cheese, instead of parmesan.

Penne with broccoli
Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

  • 300g penne
  • 1 head of broccoli, broken up into smallish florets
  • few tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 80g pancetta or bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • grated parmesan to serve

Method

Cook penne in plenty of boiling salted water. When half cooked, throw in the broccoli.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add some of the oil and cook pancetta until crispy. Add the garlic and chilli, stir until lightly golden and remove from heat.

Drain pasta and broccoli - the broccoli should be soft and broken up - and add to the pan of garlic and pancetta. Cook for a few minutes, tossing and adding a touch more pepper, salt and oil.

To serve 

Serve with parmesan.

This recipe is featured in the book, Spring which is available now in all good bookstores RRP $34.95. To order direct call 1300 656 059 or visit www.smh.com.au/store  

 

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