pasta with broccoli, avocado and sunblush tomatoes

I'm terribly sleepy so let's make this a short one.

Isa and all her post punk delights are a constant source of inspiration to me and even though she hates it when people tamper with her recipes, sometimes I just gotta work with what I have in the fridge, cupboard, freezer, whatever.

This is my take on her magnificent pasta a la California something or other - I could reach for my copy of Veganomicon right now to get the correct title but I doubt I have the strength in my arms to do even that.

Anyhoo, this is a tres delicious recipe and may I be so bold as to suggest the sunblush tomatoes are  a nice addition and in keeping with the vibe of the dish?! Don't hate me Isa.

Goodnight dears and enjoy the recipe, such as it is....

pasta with broccoli, avocado and sunblush tomatoes

1 small head broccoli including stalk

1 avocado

3/4 shallots

6-8 sunblush tomatoes

1 heaped tablespoon roughly chopped capers

olive oil

1/4 cup freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

3-4 cloves garlic

dried thyme

salt and pepper

2 1/2 - 3 cups/250g conchiglie pasta


1. slice the shallots and cut the broccoli stalk into small pieces.

2. heat a little olive oil in a heavy based saucepan.

3. add the shallots, brocolli stalk, season and allow to soften for a few minutes.

4. slice or mince the garlic and add to pan with a tsp of dried thyme. season, stir, clamp on lid and allow to cook for a further 5 minutes.

5. bring a large pan of water to the boil. blanch the brocolli florets for a few minutes and remove with a slotted spoon. add the pasta and cook for 2 minutes less than the packet requires (trust me!).

6. chop the sunblush tomatoes into small pieces and add to pan along with the chopped capers. if the tomatoes come in an oil, add a drop to the pan also for flavour.

7. halve, stone, peel and chop the avocado into medium size pieces.

8. add the brocolli to the pan and allow to heat through for a moment.

9. drain the pasta, add to pan, along with avocado, chopped parsley and season generously (chilli flakes would also be good). stir gently to incorporate and warm through on a low heat for several minutes.

10. serve.


rice & pasta, veganAine Carlin