Saturday, November 28, 2020

#Pasta cui Vruccoli Ariminata by Denise Swanson

Growing up with an Italian mother there was no way that I wouldn't develop a deep appreciation for pasta.From simple spaghetti with a red gravy to lasagna and every kind in between, I love it!

 Thus, when I found this recipe for a type I had never heard of, I clipped it and put it the menu for the next day. It uses a lot of unusual (at least to me) ingredients like anchovies and raisins. Surprisingly, the broccoli ends up with a taste and texture almost like sausage.


1 lb. broccoli (Although the picture only shows one, I used three smallish crowns)

1 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided

1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp. of minced garlic

4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced

¼ cup wine (I used Marsala because that was the bottle that was open in my fridge.)

1 teaspoon dry basil

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

8 oz can of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons golden raisins, soaked in warm water

2 tablespoons pine nuts

Ground pepper to taste

6 ounces penne or ziti

Parmesan cheese



Fill a 3 quart or larger saucepan with 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil. 

Cut the tops off the broccoli and separate into small florets—about the size of your thumb. 

Add the broccoli florets and 1 teaspoon salt to the boiling water. Cook the broccoli 5 minutes. 

Scoop out the broccoli with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve the cooking water for your pasta.

Return the broccoli-cooking water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. 

Add anchovies and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. 

Add wine, basil and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. 

Add tomato sauce and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and lightly mash with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain raisins. Add raisins and pine nuts to sauce. Season the sauce with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

Drain and stir the pasta into the sauce. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. 

Serve topped with cheese.








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  1. I wondered if this might be a Sicilian dish--because of the raisins--so I looked it up and it is. (My grandfather was Sicilian.) My grandmother always put raisins in her braciole because it was my grandfather's recipe. I've never had this but look forward to trying it!

    1. My mom's family is from northern Italy so this was new to me.

  2. What an unexpected combination of ingredients.
    How was the taste? Can you recognize the anchovies and the raisins?

    1. The raisins yes, the anchovies not so much. I think they just add a little saltiness.