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This easy pasta dish is good for making your purple sprouting broccoli go further. You can run up the sauce in the time it takes the pasta to cook, so it's an ideal rapid weeknight dinner. Makes this with digitali or any other short, tubular pasta.


  • 300g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
  • 70g dried coarse breadcrumbs
  • 350g pasta
  • 75g Pecorino or Parmesan, grated
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Trim the end off the purple sprouting broccoli and cut into 2-3cm chunks. Cook in boiling salted water for about 3-5 minutes until tender. Drain well.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add purple sprouting broccoli, lemon zest, breadcrumbs and cook, stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes.
  3. Cook the pasta, drain and add purple sprouting broccoli mixture and toss well. Add Pecorino or Parmesan and drizzle with olive oil.
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