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This seasonal, simple and delicious pasta dish can be made and plated up in just 25 mins. Perfect for date night or cute Valentine's dinner.

Friday 5 February 2021

Orecchiette with Anchovies

This seasonal, simple and delicious pasta dish can be made and plated up in just 25 mins. Perfect for date night or cute Valentine's dinner. 

If you've got the whole planning thing down then you'll most likely be cooking some 3 course feast with bells and whistles. However if you haven't, or you just want something with minimal fuss that takes you to Italy then this Friarielli (Italian broccoli) tossed with anchovies, chilli and Orecchiette is where you wanna be. 

Orecchiette with anchovies, chilli and seasonal Friarielli.

Here's the recipe:

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12
Serves: 2 servings 
Dietary: Dairy Free, Nut free 

Ingredients:

Orecchiette: 180gr
Friarielli (kind of like Cime di Rapa but tender and tastier)
1 small red chilli
2 garlic cloves
5 anchovy fillets

What you need:

1 pot 
1 frying pan 
A colander 
Salt

Here's how you do it:

Prepping and cleaning the friarielli: Cut off the bottom part of the stalk (about 3 to 4 cm) wash them in cold water.

Blanch them for 2 to 3 min max in salted boiling water, keeping a cup of the boiled water aside. Let them cool down and drain from water.

Slightly salt 1.5L of water, no much salt as anchovies already adds saltiness to the dish and get on the boil. When boiled add the orecchiette and cook them for about 10 to 12 min all dente. 

While waiting for the pasta to cook, crush the garlic cloves with their skin on add to the pan with the chopped chilli add a good glug of extra virgin olive oil (about 10 ml) heat it up to medium heat and sizzle them for up to 3 minutes making sure to not burn the garlic. Turn the heat down and add 5 anchovies fillets and melt them, then remove the garlic. 

Little tip: Add a splash of veg water to the anchovies to stop them burning if needed.

Once the orecchiette are ready, drain and add to the pan. Sautéed at medium heat for a couple of minutes, add some of the veg water if needed or if there is too much water heat up the pan and reduce. Finish with drizzle of extra olive oil. 

Serve and enjoy! 

(You don't need any cheese with this one!)

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