Sun-Dried Tomato & Brocolli Pasta with Pangrattoto
saucepan, blender, nonstick pan
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- 200 g penne
First up, get your pasta cooking in salted boiling water.
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- 5 sun-dried tomatoes
If using jarred sun-dried tomatoes, drain them from the oil. If using dried, rehydrate them with some of the pasta water for about 1 minute. Once they have soften, add them to a blender.
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- ½ tsp chili flakes
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 lemons
To the blender, add the chilli flakes, peeled garlic cloves, nutritional yeast (if using), tomato paste / purée, a pinch of sea salt and the zest and juice of 1 lemon (save the other for later). Add a few tablespoons of the rehydrating water or some from the tap. Blitz the mixture until it’s a smooth paste.
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 90 g breadcrumbs
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1½ tsp mixed herbs
- ½ pinch sea salt
- nonstick pan
To make the pangrattoto (or crispy breadcrumbs), in a non-stick frying pan placed over a low heat, add a touch of oil followed by the breadcrumbs, lemon zest and juice, garlic powder, mixed herbs and seasoning. Toast the breadcrumbs for a few minutes until they are nice and golden. They do turn quickly, so keep them moving in the pan.
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- ½ head broccoli
Cut the broccoli into small florets.
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- 1½ tbsp sliced almonds
Preheat a large saucepan over a medium heat, add a touch of oil followed by the broccoli and flaked almonds, sauté for a couple of minutes or until the almonds are golden.
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Add the sun-dried tomato paste to the pan and stir well, making sure the broccoli is coated. Let the sauce and broccoli cook away for 3-4 minutes over a low heat, stirring regularly.
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Once you’re pasta is cooked, drain it from the water (but don’t throw the water away) and add it to the sauce.
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- basil (for garnish)
Mix really well making sure all the pasta is coated. Add some black pepper, chopped basil leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice. Gradually add some of the retained pasta water to make it more ‘saucy’ if necessary.
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Serve your pasta with plenty of the toasted breadcrumbs sprinkled over the top.
Enjoy your meal!