Fusilli Pasta With Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce

by Shirley@Køkken on May 29, 2012 · 6 comments

in pasta, Savoury

Fusilli Pasta With Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce

My weekend in Venice opened my eyes to the magical elements of Europe. Italy, in particular is possibly the only European country where I have spent a proper holiday. My longest vacation was a week long break in Rome many years ago. The rest of my European expeditions, may it be Paris, Munich or Amsterdam were mere brief stop overs after long hours of couped up meetings in meeting rooms. When one stops being obsessed about what to buy and what to eat, the true beauty of the location sinks in – that was what happened in Venice. I am happy that I did not lug back a load of ‘stuff’ like the way I did from US – where mammoth sized malls and endless commercial shop fronts beckon wickedly. Venice was devoid of such devious shopping lots. Instead, in their place, were quaint little artisan shops which made me admire and contemplate. Of course, I did not leave the magical city without buying a thing or two. My biggest loot was 5 packets of dried pasta in various shapes and sizes….

The pasta collection available in Singapore is achingly boring. The standard collection being the Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, the occasional Angel Hair, the macaroni and the odd fusilli here and there. In addition, it is impossible to get whole wheat pasta in forms other than the spaghetti. Hence, my delight when I came across this Fusilli Bucati shaped to look like the cutest cork screw made from whole wheat flour and barley flour – something which I can cook for my diabetic mother.

This is a healthy and simple recipe that is effortless to prepare. For those who dislike broccoli, this is one preparation which will have you forget that you are actually eating broccoli. The umami of the anchovies filets transformed this otherwise green and bland dish into a flavourful wholesome treat.

For those who likes a little heat in their pasta, you can also add in a few slivers of birds eye chilies to perk up the dish.

To be quite truthful, I am not too fond of the texture of the barley flour fusilli. It felt a little too doughy – I believe I would like this dish better with normal pasta.

Fusilli Pasta With Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce
Recipe type: Savoury, Pasta

  • Fusilli Pasta 160g
  • Broccoli ½ stem
  • Anchovy filet in oil 2 filets
  • Crushed garlic 2 tsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Cook fusilli in salted water according to instructions on the packet. Strain and set aside. Reserve some pasta water for sauce.
  2. Steam broccoli for 3 mins over boiling water. Cool down and pulse with food processor until just crushed.
  3. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and fry garlic until fragrant. Add anchovy filets and continue frying for 30 seconds.
  4. Add crushed broccoli. Add a little pasta water if sauce becomes too dry.
  5. Add strained fusilli from (1). Stir fry for 1 min. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Dish and serve immediately.


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Extra Virgin Chef May 29, 2012

I tried brown spaghetti and they tasted horrible. Maybe pasta needs to be kept to its original form and any attempt to make healthy versions usually don’t yield good results?


2 Shirley@Køkken May 29, 2012

I agree!


3 Deb May 30, 2012

What a perfect weeknight dinner, easy, healthy and full of flavor! Broccoli is in season most of the year here along the coast and is actually liked at our house. I will be trying this recipe soon!


4 tigerfish May 30, 2012

I always wanted to try anchovy sauce, so looks like I need to get myself some anchovies to pack that flavor in such a basic sauce.


5 Ola June 1, 2012

this dish looks wonderful, interesting to discover that in some parts of the world pasta is not so popular in shops-here we also have all types in each shop:)

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6 Jenny H. September 27, 2012

This pasta dish is typically eaten with a type of pasta called orecchiette, which means little ears. You can look up YouTube videos on how to make it fresh if you are up for it! I had the pleasure of learning from the mother of an Italian friend.


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