Broccoli, parmesan & anchovy pasta sauce

(Recipe taken from this blog post)

Broccoli tends to cop a lot of flak for being a ‘gross veggie’ (other members of the ‘gross veggie’ family: brussel sprouts, bittergourd). But I love it. Well, not on its own, but it goes well with so many things! Almonds, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, cheese sauce, oyster sauce, garlic and sesame oil, the list goes on. So when I found this recipe on my weekly hunt, I was quite excited to give it a go. And I’m glad to say it turned out great! I do think it works better as a side dish, alongside a juicy lamb backstrap, or some other protein. You could use it as an alternative mac & cheese base and up your veggie intake. Ahh, so versatile.


2 cloves of garlic

1 medium stalk of broccoli, cut into florets

1/2 MC olive oil

6 anchovy fillets

1/2 a cup of good-quality Parmesan cheese


  • Wash your broccoli, then place into the Thermomix rice basket. Fill the TMX bowl with water up to the 1L mark, pop your broccoli in, and steam for 15 mins/Varoma/speed 4.


  • Discard the water set the broccoli aside. Dry your TMX bowl out with a tea towel, then add in your garlic and chop for 3 secs/speed 7.
  • Add oil and anchovies, then cook for 4 mins/100 degrees/speed 2.
  • Add the broccoli and cheese, and whizz for 5 secs/speed 10.


Toss through your favorite pasta (I don’t play favorites but used macaroni this time) and serve with a whole lotta cracked pepper. Easy!

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4 thoughts on “Broccoli, parmesan & anchovy pasta sauce

  1. Danika says:

    Sounds delicious! Anchovies make such an awesome flavour base 🙂

    • ChooTheFat says:

      I think so too! I’m looking for other recipes that have anchovies in them so definitely let me know if you have any recommendations.

  2. Ruth Sager says:

    It is not clear from your instructions whether the steaming water goes
    into the sauce or not.
    I did not use it.It was an unusual and tasty dish,thankyou

    • ChooTheFat says:

      Thanks Ruth! I discarded the water and only used the broccoli. I’ve now updated the method to reflect this. -S-

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