Pasta with Purple Sprouting Broccoli Recipe

By the wlr team

This healthy pasta dish has nearly 2 of your 5 a day and is packed full of different flavours. If you can’t find purple broccoli substitute for normal or even try cauliflower as a replacement.


  • Recipe makes: 4 servings
  • Prep time:
    10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • Calories: 520
    per serving


  • 500g Broccoli, Purple Sprouting, Raw
  • 1 Med/45g Peppers, Chilli, Red, Raw, Unprepared, Average
  • 2 Cloves/6g Garlic, Raw, Average
  • 50g Anchovies, in Oil, Canned, Drained
  • 4 Tbsps/60ml Oil, Olive, Extra Virgin, Average
  • 350g Pasta Twists, Dry, Average
  • 1 Tbsp/10g Cheese, Parmesan, Average


Trim the outer leaves and woody stalks from the broccoli. Wash and chop into 1 cm sections. Cut the chilli in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds.

Chop the chilli, the garlic and the anchovies finely.

In a pan, warm the olive oil and add the chilli, garlic and anchovies. Sweat these for a minute or so and add the broccoli, season with a little salt and pepper, then continue to cook gently.

Drop the pasta in boiling water and stir.

Grate 4 tablespoons of the cheese and reserve.

After the pasta has been cooking for 5 minutes transfer a small ladle of the cooking water to the broccoli. Keeping over a high heat, add another 2 tablespoons of oil and add the cheese. Cook for a couple of minutes, then toss with the pasta and serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)520
Carbohydrate (g)67.1
Fat (g)19.0
Protein (g)19.7
Fibre (g)6.5
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg1.8

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