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Here, we sprinkle the final pasta dish with crumbled goat cheese for nice tangy bites throughout. But if you prefer a creamy sauce, stir the cheese into the pasta in Step 3 along with the reserved cooking water.

EatingWell Magazine, March 2022

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Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

active:
25 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.

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  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add anchovies, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, pressing the anchovies with the back of a wooden spoon to break them up, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add spinach in 2 batches and cook, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  • Add pasta and broccolini (or broccoli rabe) to the boiling water and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Drain and transfer the pasta and vegetables to the skillet; toss to combine, adding enough of the reserved water to achieve desired consistency. Toss with parsley and salt and serve topped with almonds and goat cheese. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.

Tip:

The little fish that goes a long way, anchovies pack tons of umami flavor into this pasta. Look for packages sporting the blue Marine Stewardship Council certification label for the most sustainable option. 

Nutrition Facts

1 2/3 cups
457 calories; protein 21g; carbohydrates 51g; dietary fiber 8g; sugars 4g; fat 21g; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol 18mg; sodium 548mg; potassium 607mg.
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