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    Broccoli and Lemon Pasta

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

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

    Serves: 4


    300g Waitrose 1 fusilli bucati pasta
    2 x 200g 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 leaves4.

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

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    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.


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