Penne with chorizo & broccoli

Penne with chorizo & broccoli

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Fuse Italian pasta with spicy, Spanish paprika sausage in this midweek supper with greens and cream cheese

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal541
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.5g
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Ingredients

  • 400g penne
  • small head of broccoli, broken into small florets

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 200g cooking chorizo, diced

    Chorizo

    chore-reeth-oh

    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 200g low-fat cream cheese with garlic & herbs
  • Parmesan and rocket leaves, to serve

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Cook the penne following pack instructions, adding the broccoli for the final 3 mins. When cooked, drain, reserving a splash of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in a large dry frying pan until it starts to turn golden and release its oils. Add the garlic and fennel seeds, and cook for 1 min more. When the penne is cooked, tip it into the pan with the chorizo. Add the cream cheese, stir together until melted, adding a splash of the reserved cooking water so the sauce coats the pasta.

  3. Serve in bowls, scattered with a few rocket leaves and some grated Parmesan, if you like.

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Comments (8)

kathy535's picture

This was very nice and very easy. The fennel seeds added a nice dimension to the meal. I used ordinary cream cheese as it was all I had but it was still delicious.

bonitarosa's picture
5

This is lovely. I can see this being a frequent dinner for me it family. I think it would be equally as nice with finely sliced fennel. We only had plain cream cheese so threw in some parsley as well. Delicious.

heather444's picture

Simple yet tasty meal. Quick to prepare so perfect for a weeknight.

Millsybabe's picture
5

Made it exactly like the recipe said. Absolutely gorgeous. Cant wait to have it again.

ailiejan's picture

Really tasty, we both enjoyed this, my only swap was creme fraiche for the cheese.

cshobbs's picture
5

Very tasty. I changed the chorizo for bacon and used ordinary cream cheese to keep everyone happy!

wfraser's picture
5

Really quick and tasty, the whole family loved this, one to make again.

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