Linguini with broccoli and anchovies. I had not cooked this dish for at least two years. The first time I had it was when I was leaving in Lisbon. My friend Michele (from Bolzano) thought me how to make it.

I do agree that this may not be ideal for all taste buds and the reaction for many may be “ugh”. I guess you gonna have to try it and see if you like it… I do!

As many of the recipe I have been posting lately the great thing about this dish is that it takes very little work and it’s done in about 20-30 mins (end-to-end…you can do other thngs in the meatime).

Anyway, let’s get down to business. Here’re the ingredients (for 2-3 people, depending on how hungry their are):

1 box of anchovies
1/2 pound of Linguine (De Cecco, Del Verde or Barilla will do it)
Couple of cloves of garlic
Chilli flakes
1 pound of broccoli (I used frozen ones)
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)
The steps:

Bring water to boil in a pot. This is the same pot you’ll use to cook the pasta as well. Before you forget you should also add salt to the water.
When the water is boiling pour the broccoli. You need to cook them for about 5 minutes, after the water starts boiling again.
Once the 5 mins are up and the broccoli cooked, take them out and save them in a bowl. If the broccoli are very big, you can just cut them quickly using a knife.
The water is already boiling and you can put the pasta in. No worries on the “soffritto” for the pasta, it will just take a few mins.
As the pasta is cooklng we start preparing the anchoviesgarlic soffritto. Warm up a deep sauce pan, add the olive oil and the fine chopped garlic. Let the garlic cook for a minute or so, until it start looking “gold”.
Add the anchovies and make sure that you stir it so that it almost create a “paste” (see pix below). Keep the heat mediumlow. This is a good time to add a few chilli flakes.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it and pour it in the sauce pan. This is also the time to add back the broccoli as well.
Stir everything well together for a minute over medium heat.
You are done..just need to plate it and add some pepper and fresh virgin olive oil.
Enjoy your dish and let us know how it goes!