Monday 19 April 2010

Crunchy Pappardelle with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

There's nothing quite like picking your own vegetables, straight from the ground and eating it all up the next day. I spent last Sunday at Riverford Organic Farm down in Devon; a beautiful part of the country. We jiggled around in the back of a Land Rover up and down country lanes, the previous evening's enjoyment of Somerset's cider making us turning a peculiar shade of green. We yanked up rosy stalks of rhubarb, inhaled the scents of wild garlic in woodland and picked off tender stems of purple sprouting broccoli.

Armed with our spoils, I was delighted to discover a recipe for crunchy pappardelle in the Guardian's weekend supplement, taken from Ottolenghi's forthcoming cookbook, Plenty. Pasta is so often the perfect vehicle for decent, flavoursome ingredients with minimal faffing around. I've also been meaning to garnish a pasta dish with breadcrumbs ever since I saw it here, so it really was the ideal recipe for the occasion.

I made a few changes, mainly substituting the garlic for wild garlic which is in season now and had a beautifully mild, but definitely garlicky flavour. Creamy and crunchy, it was a dish to herald springtime.

Crunchy Pappardelle with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Serves one (generously)

125gr pappardelle
125gr purple sprouting broccoli
A large handful of wild garlic
125ml double cream
A splash of white wine
6 chestnut mushrooms
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
Zest of half a lemon
A stalk of rosemary
4 heaped tbsp panko breadcrumbs
A sprinkle of chilli flakes
Salt and black pepper

Set a large pot of salted water on to boil and throw the pasta in. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan and fry the mushrooms, quartered, until lightly coloured. Add the white wine, chilli flakes and double cream and simmer until reduced by about half.

Meanwhile, wash the broccoli and blanch in boiling water for a couple of minutes and drain.

In a non-stick frying pan, toast the breadcrumbs with the lemon zest and parsley until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Chop the wild garlic roughly.

When the pasta is just short of al dente, drain, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the cream mixture with the wild garlic and throw the broccoli back in. Cook on a low heat stirring slowly, adding the reserved cooking water tablespoon at a time if it's looking a little dry. Do this for a few minutes for the pasta to finish cooking. To serve, pile on a plate, season well and garnish with the breadcrumbs.


Su-Lin said...

Delicious! Had the same last week (purple sprouting and wild garlic) but with anchovies instead of breadcrumbs. What a great combination!

Ollie said...

Beautiful. Toasting rather than frying the breadcrumbs definitely the way. Was a fab trip, wasn't it?

Greedy Diva said...

Lovely - some of my favourite pasta ingredients are in there - lemon, cream, mushroom, parsley. All the better when you've uprooted some of the ingredients with your own hands.

Suffolk Hotels said...

Wow, that looked, sounded, smelled delishous. Ok could not smell it but the description was great.

Definatly on the menu as soon as my brocoli sprouts, Thank you

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Dan said...

Lovely looking fresh, seasonal pasta dish. Really like the idea of adding Panko for some crunch.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I love this combo of flavours - have been cooking this up for many years, but minus the cream... Not come across that before, so will now give it a try!

S said...

Lizzie, did you know this most excellent recipe is on today's Food News Journal (April 20th, 2010) under "best of the blogs"?
truly deserving.
x shayma

LexEat! said...

Fantastic, I got wild garlic and purple (and white) sprouting broccoli from my farm delivery (Farm Direct) last weekend, so will have to order again this weekend to make this deliciousness!

Allie said...

How fortuitous! I had my first Riverford box delivered yesterday, and there's purple sprouting broccoli, wild garlic and chestnut mushrooms in it! I'll definitely have to make this now.

Helen said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I want it. Your pictures are lovely too - what a pretty little dish. Ottolenghi striked again. I can't wait to make that tart.

Hengki B.P. said...

I like broccoli because it has much calcium good for your bones and has much vitamine C good for your skin.