Orecchiette with purple sprouting broccoli and anchovies

Ingredients to serve 4

600g purple sprouting broccoli, trimmed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
20 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely sliced
2 medium fresh red chillies, deseeded and sliced
grated zest of 1 lemon
100ml dry white wine
a dash of lemon juice
60g pecorino cheese, grated

For the pasta

200g '00' pasta flour
200g semolina flour
a good pinch of salt
about 180ml tepid water

The Puglian pasta orecchiette, which means "little ears", are cup-shaped to catch the sauce, giving the perfect balance of pasta and sauce in each mouthful. You can use 300-350g of dried orecchiette if you're in a hurry.

First, make the pasta. Combine the flours and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the water, stirring at first with a wooden spoon and then gathering and kneading with your hands until the mix comes together as a pliable dough. You may need slightly less or more water depending on the absorbency of the flours.

To form the orecchiette, pinch off pieces of the dough and flatten with your thumb. They should be roughly the size of a penny and about 3mm thick. Dust with a little extra flour if they become too sticky and leave to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the stalks of the broccoli crossways into short pieces. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, blanch the broccoli for one minute, then drain in a colander.

Refill the saucepan with salted water and bring to the boil. Drop in the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large, deep frying or sauté pan and fry the anchovies over a medium heat for a few seconds, then add the garlic, chillies and lemon zest and fry for a further 1-2 minutes.

Tip in the broccoli and toss until it is coated in the mixture, then pour in the wine and lemon juice. Season to taste (remember the anchovies are salty) and toss until hot and evenly mixed.

Drain the pasta, add it to the broccoli mixture along with the grated cheese and toss gently to combine. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

From 'The Market Kitchen Cookbook' (Collins, £16.99). Picture by Philip Webb

Suggested Topics
Property
pets
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
Sport
football
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Supervisor

    £24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...

    Recruitment Genius: Centre Manager

    £14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

    Guru Careers: Accountant

    £28 - 45k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Accountant is needed to take control of the ...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel Assistant Manager

    £18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This hotel in Chadderton is a p...

    Day In a Page

    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

    Everyone is talking about The Trews

    Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
    'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

    'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

    British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
    Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

    Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

    Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
    14 best kids' hoodies

    14 best kids' hoodies

    Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

    The acceptable face of the Emirates

    Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk