Author Notes: Aside from tomato sauce with pasta, I've not had many other vegetable based pasta sauces. Pesto doesn't count. Cheese and cream don't count as vegetables, people. And when I say sauce, I don't mean vegetables tossed in olive oil and garlic. Now, please don't get me wrong. I love all adaptations of sauce on pasta. I'm just saying, how often do we get a vegetable based sauce that isn't tomatoes? Not that often. - Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast
Makes 4 servings
- 2-3 heads broccoli (florets removed, stems saved)
- 5 anchovy filets
- 3 hot peppers, like Thai (seeds removed, julienned)
- 6 cloves garlic (sliced)
- 4 small onion (diced)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Fresh pasta
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup reserved pasta water
- Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Drop in broccoli florets and stems to blanch, for about 5 minutes, or until bright green. Remove from water and drain.
- In a large saute pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, hot peppers and anchovies and cook until anchovies are melted, about 5 minutes. Yes, they melt away to nothing but salty goodness. Add some salt and pepper.
- Add the white wine to the sauce and bring to a slow simmer. When simmering, reduce heat to low. Add broccoli, salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
- Cover the pan and cook for about 2 hours, stirring only occasionally. The broccoli will break down quite a bit, so help it along when stirring by smashing a little. You want it to turn into a sauce.
- Cook your pasta just when the sauce is finishing up (I made homemade pasta, but dry pasta can also be used). Ladle about 1 cup of pasta water into the broccoli sauce. Finish the dish by adding the pasta straight to the pan with the sauce. Toss to coat.
- Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and some additional fresh cracked pepper.