Penne with chorizo & broccoli

Penne with chorizo & broccoli

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


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



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

  • 200g cooking chorizo, diced



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

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


  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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Louise Dunks's picture
Louise Dunks
13th May, 2020
Lockdown lunch for me and my daughters to use up some left over broccoli and as we'd not much penne left, I mixed this with fusilli which we all said actually preferred as it seemed to hold the sauce better. Would definitely make again.
1st Jun, 2019
Perfect quick dinner. I didn’t have any Parmesan but the favours were great without it.
29th Mar, 2019
So easy to make. Remember to salt your pasta water (despite the chorizo!), as the cream cheese takes the edge off the flavours. Nice to use fennel seeds in a dish as I don't often.
27th Sep, 2018
Quick and easy. I followed recipe and found this to be ok. The kids hated it though, definitely not a keeper for us!
20th Aug, 2018
My kids inhaled it, my 3 yr old declared 'this is very yummy' I made it with half cream cheese and half creme fraiche and added button mushrooms
29th Jun, 2017
Easy quick school night dinner using ingredients I usually always have in
Ls4711's picture
20th Nov, 2016
I added some slice chestnut mushrooms with the garlic and fennel seeds. I also added a tablespooon of single cream to thin the sauce slightly.
6th Sep, 2016
Delicious! Added a finely chopped onion, a couple of mushrooms and some dried chilli flakes which added a lovely spice. The fennel seeds took it to a whole new level. Would definitely recommend.
31st Dec, 2015
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
13th Aug, 2015
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.


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