Pasta shells with broccoli & anchovies

Pasta shells with broccoli & anchovies

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A quick, tasty pasta dish that is low fat and a good source of vitamin C and folic acid too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal426
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.92g
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  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets



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

  • 400g orecchiette pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 50g can anchovy in oil, drained and roughly chopped



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped or 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • half a lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • parmesan shavings, to serve



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


  1. Cook the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 3 mins, then drain, reserving the cooking water. Cook the pasta in the same water as the broccoli according to pack instructions.

  2. Heat the oil in a pan, then fry garlic until lightly golden. Remove garlic, then set aside. Add anchovies, chilli and half a cup of pasta cooking water to the pan. Cook for 2 mins, until the liquid has reduced by half and the anchovies have broken down. Stir in the broccoli and a squeeze of lemon juice, then cook for 1 min, until the broccoli has warmed through. Drain the pasta then toss everything together. Serve scattered with parmesan.

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14th Oct, 2019
This is quick, simple and delicious. Even committed meat eating teenagers loved it.
4th Jan, 2015
Very tasty and easy
thecherub's picture
22nd Jul, 2013
I thought this was quick and easy and tasty although I did add bacon for my non veggie OH. I simplified it slightly by frying chopped bacon then adding all the other ingredients to the same pan before mixing with pasta and broccoli. Will make again.
mercuryzelda's picture
14th Jan, 2013
So simple and delicious!
22nd Dec, 2012
24th Jan, 2012
Yum! My type of dish: oodles of flavour and easy to cook! Couldn't find orecchiette, so used "ordinary" pasta.
mamarazzi's picture
10th Mar, 2011
It is ok, but I am not sure if the fish goes with it.
13th Feb, 2011
Yummy! A nice, light mid week dinner which I will definitely be making again! I used penne instead and added the breadcrumbs too late so they weren't toasted, but it still worked!
5th Mar, 2009
Good authentic Italian recipe. Try with whizzed breadcrumbs, toast them lightly in a pan with no oil and sprinkle them on top of the pasta just before serving - it adds a nice crunch to it. If the pasta is too dry then add a little olive oil.
24th Oct, 2008
This is a very easy, tasy and 'good looking' recipe! We love it - hubbie asked me to make it tonight - as tonight starts his holiday!! So - with a glass of chilled white wine - we shall enjoy!


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