Food & Drink

Pasta meal offers a taste of Sicily

Perciatelli with Broccoli and Fennel and Orange Salad.
Perciatelli with Broccoli and Fennel and Orange Salad. TNS

The vibrant flavors of Sicily, tomatoes, pasta and garlic inspired this quick and easy dinner.

Perciatelli — a long, hollow pasta — adds texture and flavor.

Serve with a washed, ready-to-eat Italian-style salad. Warm Italian bread and a glass of red wine- pinot noir or merlot are good; choices — will enhance the flavors of Sicily in this quick meal for two.

Helpful Hints

▪  Ziti or other short cut pasta can be substituted for perciatelli.

▪  Parmesan cheese can be used instead of pecorino cheese.

▪  A quick way to chop basil is to snip the leaves with a scissors.


▪  Start pasta sauce.

▪  Place water for pasta on to boil.

▪  Cook pasta.

▪  Complete the dish.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you'll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

1/2 pound broccoli florets, 1 bunch fresh basil, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat Italian-style salad, 1 tin anchovy fillets, 1 large tomato, 1 box raisins, 1 container pine nuts, 1/2 pound perciatelli and 1 small piece Parmesan cheese

Staples: olive oil, onion, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.



1/2 pound broccoli florets (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup sliced onion

2 anchovy fillets

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 cup drained, no-salt-added diced tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons raisins

2 tablespoons pine nuts

1/2 pound perciatelli

2 tablespoons chopped basil

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Microwave the broccoli on high 3 minutes. Set aside. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet and add the onion. Saute 5 minutes. Add the anchovies and garlic and saute until the anchovies dissolve into a paste, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add the raisins, pine nuts and broccoli and simmer 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the perciatelli and bring back to a boil. Cook 9 minutes or until the pasta is cooked, but firm. Drain and place in a large bowl. Spoon the sauce on top. Add the basil and toss well. Sprinkle cheese on top. Makes 2 servings.