Broccoli sauce


This is one of those delicious, classic Italian pasta sauces.  It is usually served with orecchiette, a gorgeous, ear-shaped pasta that is a bit tricky to make so we are serving it with one of our favourites in the kitchen, farfalle.

Season:  Winter/Spring

Type:  Pasta

Difficulty:  Easy

Serves:  6 at home or 30 tastes in the classroom

Fresh from the garden:  broccoli, l’ail, herbes

Recipe source: Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals


  • metric measuring spoons chopping boards & non-slip mats
  • 1 medium knife
  • food processor
  • large saucepan
  • large non-stick frying pan
  • peeler
  • pastry brush
  • mini muffin tin
  • scales
  • colander
  • sieve
  • bowls – 1 medium, 1 large
  • grater
  • tongs
  • whisk
  • spatula
  • baking tray
  • juicer
  • serving plates
  • large teaspoon
  • wire rack

  • 125 g parmesan chees
  • 2 large heads de broccoli
  • 1 x 30 g tin anchovies
  • 1 heaped teaspoon salted capers
  • 1 small dried chilli
  • 3 gousses d’ail
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • huile d’olive extra vierge
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
What to do

  • Set out your equipment and ingredients.
  • Rinse the salt off the capers.
  • Grate the parmesan and set aside.
  • Slice all the florets of the stalks de broccoli.  Put the stalks in the bowl of the food processor and the florets in a bowl.
  • Add the anchovies (if using) to the food processor, the drained capers and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Crumble in the dried chilli.
  • Peel and roughly chop the garlic and add to the bowl of the food processor, then pulse it all to a paste.
  • Pick the leaves of the thyme sprigs.
  • Put about 3 tablespoon of oil into the large frying pan on medium heat and spoon in the broccoli paste.  Stir, then add the thyme leaves.  Pour in a cup of water and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  •  Meanwhile, take note of when the pasta is put on to cook.  After it comes to the boil, add the broccoli florets to the saucepan with the pasta.
  • Once the pasta and broccoli are cooked, drain and toss with the broccoli paste and sprinkle the parmesan over the top.  Check for seasoning then serve.

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