- 400g penne, farfalle or conchiglie pasta
- 250g broccoli, cut into florets
Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 large lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…
- 3 tbsp pine nuts
- 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Tip the pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, bring a smaller pan of salted water to the boil, add the broccoli and boil for 4 minutes.
Drain the broccoli and return it to the pan. Lightly mash the broccoli with a potato masher or fork. Finely grate the garlic and zest the lemon, then mix into the broccoli with the chilli flakes and pine nuts. Cut the lemon in half and keep for later.
Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir in the broccoli pesto and squeeze over the juice of 1⁄2 lemon. Pour in the olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Spoon in the grated Parmesan, toss the pasta well and serve.