Fusilli Romano

This lovely, colourful pasta dish is an easy midweek meal livened up with a kick of chilli.


300g essential Waitrose Fusilli
2 x 220g packs Tenderstem Broccoli Spears, cut in half
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Grated zest 1 lemon 
1 red chilli, seeded and
finely chopped
30g Pecorino Romano,
finely grated 
3 tbsp olive oil
25g pack fresh basil


1 Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water according to packet instructions.

2 Meanwhile, toss together the broccoli, garlic, lemon zest, chilli and half of the pecorino. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and stir until everything is coated. Spread out evenly on a large, non-stick baking tray and roast for 6–8 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender and just beginning to brown.

3 Reserve 100ml of the pasta cooking water then drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the roasted broccoli, reserved cooking liquid, remaining tablespoon of olive oil and most of the basil leaves.

4 Spoon into pasta bowls, sprinkle with the remaining pecorino, basil leaves and a good grinding of black pepper. Serve swiftly.

Cook’s tip

Pecorino is a flavoursome cheese made from sheep’s milk. It’s delicious in this recipe, but if you don’t have any in stock you can
use Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano instead.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,692kj
Fat 14.4g
Saturated Fat 3.4g
Carbohydrate 54.8g
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 13.4g
Salt 0.1g
Fibre 4.3g

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4 stars

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This recipe was first published in Tue Aug 19 12:04:00 BST 2014.