Monday, 20 September 2010

Pasta with Broccoli and Chili-Anchovy Dressing

This is a recipe that comes from Lindsay Bareham's excellent book A Wolf In the Kitchen, which I have got through three copies of since leaving home and which has now been republished as Hungry? (which I don't think is nearly as much fun, as titles go, but never mind).

This will serve two people at approximately 7.5 Points per serving

1 large head of broccoli or one of those helpful trays of florets. Or as much as you like really since it's 0 Points.
1 small can of anchovies in olive oil
1 large red chili, deseeded and chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed (do this to taste, of course)
Lemon juice and black pepper to season
About 200g pasta (this is serious comfort food. Stubby shapes of pasta like fusilli work best. I'd recommend wholewheat pasta so you can actually taste it.)

You do also need one of those hand blenders that comes with a little cup; this sort of thing, although I'd just point out that I bought my (Braun) one from ASDA and it cost me about a tenner.

Okay SO. Tip the pasta into a LARGE and I do mean L A R G E saucepan of boiling water and set the timer for five minutes. Get your broccoli broken up into florets ready.

While that's doing, empty the tin of anchovies WITH its oil - don't drain it, you need a sauce - into a cup or bowl, along with your chopped chili, garlic, lemon juice and black pepper. Blend thoroughly with the hand blender til it's smooth.

When the timer goes off drop the broccoli in with the pasta, get it back up to the boil and set the timer for another five minutes.

When it's done, quickly pop a spoonful of the pasta water in with the dressing to loosen it, and drain the pasta/broccoli. Stick it back into the hot saucepan and pour all the dressing in, scraping all of it out well because you don't want to miss anything! Stir it well together and eat straight away, preferably from warmed bowls so it doesn't go cold.

This sounds like it won't be substantial but it is AMAZING. Eat eat eat. Last time we had it, we ate it with a big salad with lots of rocket and beetroot, some homemade bread and a diet Coke :P

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