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Fiery Basil and Broccoli Penne

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“The basil goes in at the beginning with the bacon where the flavour cooks in wonderfully, and then it's added again at the end for a fresh, vibrant flavour. Try, too, with cauliflower instead of the broccoli.”

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  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for five minutes. Add the broccoli and continue to cook until the pasta is just cooked and the broccoli is just a little bit overcooked.
  2. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and cook the onion, bacon, chilies, garlic and half the basil for eight minutes or so until they are nicely golden and the pasta has cooked.
  3. Drain the pasta and broccoli (use a large sieve as you will lose a lot of the broccoli through the big holes of a colander) and return to the pan. Stir in the bacon and onion mixture, the remaining fresh basil leaves and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Squeeze in the lemon juice and serve with the grated cheese.

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