Broccoli and Anchovy Pasta

Broccoli and Anchovy PastaWe sat down to watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and J comes out with, “did I ever tell you about the time I saw a snow leopard?”

“No, honey,” I replied, “I’ve not heard about the snow leopard.”

“Yeah, I saw one when I went to Kazakhstan.”

“You’ve been to Kazakhstan?!?!”

This type of conversation happens on a fairly regular basis in our household, and I love it.  I love that we (particularly J) both lived such full lives before we met each other, and we both have new stories to tell.

anchovy and broccoli pastaWhen J first made this pasta dish, we had a similar conversation, but instead of a snow leopard, it was about living with The Mafia on the Gold Coast.  There was something about a bag of guns that he was asked to look after, a scuba diving adventure and this pasta to finish off the evening.

broccoli pasta with anchoviesSomething along the lines of, “Let’s go back to my place for pasta.”

“What kind of pasta?”

“Broccoli and Anchovy”

J tells the story that he wanted to vomit just hearing those ingredient put together but wanting to look cool, he held it together and quite enjoyed it really.

Do you have someone in your life who surprises you with their stories?

pasta with anchovies and broccoli

Broccoli and Anchovy Pasta
Author: Clare Reilly
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Serves: 4 serves
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 80 gm of anchovies (a small jar)
  • Dash of olive oil
  • 200 gm pasta
  • Parmesan to serve
  1. Chop broccoli florets into large chunks, remove skin from stem and discard.
  2. Place florets and skinless stem into steamer.
  3. Steam until aldente (soft but with a little bite).
  4. Cook pasta.
  5. Once steamed, place broccoli on chopping board with anchovies and finely chop.
  6. Stir through cooked pasta, sprinkle with olive oil until evenly coated.
  7. Serve with Parmesan.


14 thoughts on “Broccoli and Anchovy Pasta

  1. Delicious! One of our fave things to do with homegrown broccoli – we add a little chilli too. Love J’s stories, he’ll have plenty of bedtime tales for E! 🙂

  2. I love how simple this pasta is – so few ingredients and it really is a gorgeous colour. I have only ever seen a snow leopard at the zoo and have certainly never been to Kurdistan or Kazakstan or anywhere else in that part of the world xx

  3. Im an absolute broccoli fanatic and this isn’t a recipe Ive come across, so thank you for that! Looks like a great dish. I wrote about some of my favourite broccoli recipes on my blog if you were looking for some mid week meal inspiration!

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