Charred broccoli and chorizo pasta recipe


  • 130g pack diced chorizo
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 350g pack broccoli, cut into small florets, stalk trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp crushed chillies
  • 300g penne
  • 50g crusty bread or ciabatta, blitzed to breadcrumbs in a food processor
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 15g Parmesan, finely grated


  1. Heat a large, lidded nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the chorizo and dry-fry for 2-3 mins until it begins to release its fat, then cook for a further 1 min until turning crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper; set aside. Wipe the pan clean.
  2. Return the pan to the heat, add 1 tbsp oil and the broccoli; increase the heat to high. Stir-fry for 4-5 mins until lightly charred all over but still quite firm, then reduce the heat to low. Add the garlic, crushed chillies and 4 tbsp water; cover and cook gently for 3-4 mins until tender. Stir in the chorizo and remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to pack instructions. Drain well, reserving about 6 tbsp of the cooking water.
  4. Heat the remaining ½ tbsp oil in a separate nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and pine nuts and cook, stirring, for 5 mins until beginning to turn golden. Stir in the lemon zest and Parmesan, and season with black pepper.=
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the broccoli, along with the lemon juice and reserved cooking water. Toss everything together for 2 mins over a low heat until a light sauce forms, then divide between 4 bowls and serve sprinkled with the pine nut and lemon crumbs.


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