Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes & Anchovy Sauce

January/February 1999

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In this easy pasta recipe, a touch of anchovy makes healthy spaghetti with broccoli really delicious. To make it a meal, assemble an arugula salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette while the pasta sauce is cooking.

"Deee-licious. We really like the flavor the anchovies add to this dish. Simple and tasty. "
Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes & Anchovy Sauce

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: about 1 2/3 cups

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  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped, juice reserved
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or linguine
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.
  2. Cut broccoli florets from stems and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Peel, halve and slice stems.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, anchovy paste and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broccoli stems, tomatoes and their juice and bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Add broccoli florets; cover and cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente, 9 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; toss with sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan.


Per serving: 297 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 51 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 15 g protein; 11 g fiber; 385 mg sodium; 426 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (141% daily value), Vitamin A (33% dv), Folate (18% dv), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 fat

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Type of Dish
Main dish, Other
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less
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