One of my favorite winter dish is pasta with broccoli. I know it sounds boring and bland, but let me tell you how I spice it up.
- short pasta like penne or ziti
- 2 broccoli heads
- anchovies or anchovies paste or bacon
- 1 garlic clove
- chili flakes
- First get some water to the boiling point, add salt and then the pasta (for this recipe use some short past like penne) and the broccoli divided in florets. Put some oil in a pan and add a couple of crushed garlic cloves, chili flakes and anchovies. Let them cook at a high temperature until the garlic is golden brown and the anchovies have melted in the oil. At this point fish the broccoli out of the boiling water with a ladle draining some but not necessarily all of the excess water and add them to the oil, sautee them and eventually add a bit of water to avoid broccoli from sticking to the pan or burning. When pasta is still very al dente drain it and add it to the broccoli. Sautee for a couple of minutes, eventually adding a bit of oil. Ready to serve.
- I love that it is a bit spicy from the chili and a bit salty from the anchovies, a bit crispy and a bit mushy, basically perfect! And, the more broccoli you put, the less pasta you will be eating!
- Note: You can substitute diced bacon for anchovies or add black olives. and or tomatoes.