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Pasta Shells with Broccoli

Categories: Kid-friendly, Pasta Dishes, Quick to fix, Vegetarian
Type: Main Dishes

A bit of butter and Parmesan cheese make the healthy broccoli go down easy in this pasta dish.

Serves: serves 4


  • 3/4 lb (375 g) fresh broccoli
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • generous pinch of chili powder, or a deseeded, chopped, small chili pepper, according to preference
  • black pepper, freshly milled
  • 12 oz (375 g) pasta shells or other pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

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  1. Put plenty of water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. Wash the broccoli and break into small florets. Cook in boiling water until tender, 5-6 minutes. Drain.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, and add the anchovy paste and the chili pepper or chili powder.
  4. Add the broccoli, sprinkle with black pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes. Keep the sauce warm while you cook the pasta.
  5. When the pasta is ready, drain it, return it to the saucepan, add the butter and cheese, and toss.
  6. Put into a warmed dish, add the sauce, and fold in quickly.

Excerpted from SuperFoods, SuperFast.
Copyright © 2006 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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