Feed 4 for £6: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Garlic Infused Olive Oil and Parmesan Pasta

Purple sprouting broccoli has to be one of my favourite vegetables. Its arrival on my plate with the warmer weather tells me that in a few weeks time I will be enjoying asparagus. It’s delicate appearance and slightly sweet taste is brilliant with so many foods. I like mine nice and simple; with copious amounts of garlic infused oil and coronary shattering piles of Parmesan. 
purple sprouting broccoli
You will need:
300g purple sprouting broccoli
350g fresh pasta (fusilli preferably)
 £ 1.00
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 £ 0.70
2 fat garlic cloves
 £ 0.05
Salt and pepper
 £ 0.02
40g Parmesan (or veggie alternative)
 £ 0.75
 £ 4.52
Warm up the olive oil gently on the hob. Slice the garlic cloves thinly and add to the oil; you don’t want to fry them they are there to flavour the oil, so keep it on a low heat.
Using fresh pasta for this makes it so quick. Get some water on to boil; a pan that has a steamer preferably.
Chop the ends off the broccoli and add to the steamer for two or three minutes. 
Put the pasta into the water and boil for a minute or two.
When the pasta and broccoli are done, drain the pasta and leave to one side and add the broccoli to the oil and garlic with a little salt and pepper. 

Get the Parmesan ready and dish up the pasta. Arrange the broccoli on the pasta before pouring the garlicky oil over the top and smothering in Parmesan.

purple sprouting broccoli, garlic olive oil and parmesan pasta
This is so quick and simple it’s perfect for a midweek meal. The pasta fills you up like it always does and the garlic adds a lovely kick. The broccoli tastes incredibly sweet against the salty Parmesan. A nice bit of salmon would be lovely stirred through this. 
It can all become a bit of a brassica overload at this time of year so it’s nice to have a bit of green on your plate that’s not too closely related to the cabbage, well, almost. 


  1. says

    Simply delicious. I love Purple Sprouting Broccoli too. This recipe is a lovely way to use it, “copious” amounts of garlic is right up my street too: )

  2. says

    I love something easy and light to enjoying fresh vegetable and pasta too.. thats is very great I love the color of the broccoli after it’s done, they are shiny and looks still crunchy, love it


  3. says

    Sad to say another one of veg we don’t get over here. I sure like to try out this simple recipe and thats looks really tempting.

  4. says

    I don’t think I have ever seen this purple sprouting broccoli. I will be on the look out. Fantastic recipe, my kind of dish.

  5. says

    Mmm…I just tried purple kale for the first time the other day – it had a bit of a floral scent/taste to it, which I rather liked. Have yet to try purple broccoli – haven’t seen it around the markets, but will keep an eye out. And copious amounts of Parmesan? Sign me up!

  6. says

    Thank you for this tip. I never know how to cook purple broccoli. I just steam them and pour some olive oil but they kind of need a bit of a kit to them. So this recipe is great. Bookmarking it.

  7. says

    Beautiful dish!I have yet to buy purple sprouting broccoli and will start looking locally!I bet it tasted great 🙂

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