KITRI girl Nina Parker shows us how to make a delicious, light pasta dish!
This is a plant-based take on a classic recipe from Puglia - ideal for a sunny Saturday lunch. Plus, you can also add the toppings to salads and dressings.
For the pasta sauce:
100ml olive oil
3 banana shallots/ 1.5 medium onion thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, diced
For the pangrattato:
3 handfuls stale bread
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
For the simple chilli oil...
200ml sunflower oil
5-6 tbsp dried chilli flakes
3 tbsp sesame seeds
For the pasta...
2 broccoli heads, (about 700g)
(sliced into small florets including thinly slicing the stalks)
200ml vegetable stock
1 glass white wine
160g baby spinach (4 large handfuls)
Zest of whole lemon and the juice of half
Sea salt and black pepper
320g brown rice pasta
1. Blend stale bread to a rough consistency, leaving some chucky bits. Add to a baking tray and drizzle over in olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix everything around and place into a 190 C degree oven for 4-5 minutes until crisped up and golden. Leave to cool and store in a jam jar.
2. For the quick chilli oil. Add the oil to a saucepan on a medium to high heat. When hot, add the dried chilli flakes and simmer for about 2 minutes. The oil will start to colour a little red. At this point reduce the heat and add the sesame seeds and fry for a minute before removing from the heat. You have to be careful to avoid burning the seeds. Keep this stored in the fridge for weeks.
3. Now for the pasta sauce, set a frying pan to a medium to high heat and add the sliced onions. Fry for 3-4 minutes to soften and then add in the garlic to fry for a minute. Add in the broccoli florets and mix everything together. Then pour in the veg stock, white wine, season and reduce the heat a little, cover for 8-9 minutes.
At this point put the pasta on to cook. Then drain pasta!
4. Squeeze lemon juice, zest, baby spinach to wilt over broccoli and check the seasoning once more. Serve up pasta with the sauce, chilli oil and the breadcrumb mix and any leftover lemon zest!
Nina Parker is a London based chef and cookbook author of NINA St Tropez and NINA Capri.
Nina wears the Madeline Green Tea Dress