Orecchiette with cavolo nero, anchovies & pangrattato
Pangrattato – toasted, crunchy breadcrumbs – add texture to this festive pasta dish. Serve them at the table to ensure they're at peak crispness
- Prep:15 mins
- Serves 4
Nutrition per serving
- kcal 444
- fat 12g
- saturates 2g
- carbs 68g
- sugars 3g
- fibre 4g
- protein 13g
- salt 1.3g
- 300g orecchiette (or any short pasta)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 slices crusty bread (stale if possible), crusts removed and blitzed into breadcrumbs
- 2 fat red chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced
- 5 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 8-10 anchovies, in oil, chopped
- 200g cavolo nero, stalks removed, finely shredded
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and add the breadcrumbs. Toast until they are golden and crispy, then tip out onto a plate and set aside. Wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper.
Heat another 2 tbsp oil in the pan and add the chilli, garlic and anchovies. Sizzle for 1-2 mins but don’t let the garlic brown. Add a drizzle of the oil from the anchovies, stir and set the pan aside.
When the pasta has 2 mins to go, add the cavolo nero. Remove a cup of cooking water before draining the pasta, then tip it into the frying pan and return to the heat. Add a splash of cooking water, the remaining 1 tbsp oil (along with another drizzle from the anchovies if the pasta looks dry) and the lemon zest and juice. Season well and cook for 1-2 mins, tossing everything together and adjusting the seasoning if necessary. Serve in bowls scattered with the pangrattato.