Aaa…. this pasta is really flavourful.The broccoli and the occasional encounter with the toasted sesame seeds adds a nice crunchy feel to this pasta.
I added a little extra red chilli flakes as the spice from the chilli flakes is cut out by the honey. The brussel sprouts also absorbs all the flavours from the ingredients added hence tastes real good. Also there is that glass of wine to wash down the spice ;).
Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 15 mins
Pasta – 100 gms, any type you wish to eat, I used wheat Penne
Light cream – 2 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 1 large, finely chopped
Black peppercorns – as per your taste
Onion – 1 medium-sized, diced finely
Broccoli florets – a handful,
Brussel sprouts – a handful, outer layer removed & diced
Red chilli flakes – as per your taste
Honey – 1 tsp
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Chives – 2-3 sprigs finely chopped if you’re using fresh chives, I used dried chives, so added about a tsp
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
In a big pot, boil about a litre of water. Add enough salt and half a tsp of oil to it. Add the pasta and cook the pasta as per the instructions. Instructions may vary from brand to brand. I took 10-12 minutes to cook my pasta. While this is in progress you can start with preparing the sauce. Remember to stir the pasta every few minutes.
Heat oil in a deep fry pan set to medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and sauté them till they turn light brown. (Tip: If you want to you can toast the sesame seeds without the oil and take them off and keep them aside and add in the end as garnishing. )Add garlic & Sauté, don’t let them get brown, Add onions and sauté. Add some salt to fasten the onion frying process. Once the onions turn translucent add the brussel sprouts and fry them. Once they start wilting add the chilli flakes, mix well. Next add the honey. Remember to stir the pasta every few minutes. Now add the broccoli, mix it well and let it cook just right, nice and crunchy. Takes about a minute or two. Check salt and adjust. (Tip: If you want them cooked more add it earlier with the brussel sprouts. I like it crunchy hence added it in the end.) The pasta should be ready by now. Add the cream to this mix well.
Once the pasta is cooked immediately take the pot off the heat and move the pot under running cold water and let the pasta cool.. then drain the pasta. This is to prevent the pasta from cooking further and becoming gooey.
Add the cooked pasta and stir in. Turn off the heat, when the pasta gets warm enough.
Garnish with some freshly crushed black peppercorns and some chives.
Serve hot with some wine by the side.
Tip: I had it with some powdered cheese sprinkled on top. 🙂 for the people concerned about calories you can skip this. 🙂