Recipe For Broccoli And Crayfish Pasta

This month, my assigned blogger for The Secret Recipe Club was Sara from Cook with Sara. Sara loves to cook and eat and thankfully for us, share her recipes. I love her mom’s philosophy on cooking as it was the same philosophy my Gran had and my mom has. Sara uses every day ingredients which is perfect for me as I live in a small fishing village with very little access to anything exotic. Sara has an extensive list of recipes to choose from and I spent a long afternoon browsing her blog. I eventually turned to Sara’s list of favourites to choose a recipe to make. After much reading, I chose the pasta with garlic shrimp and broccoli, which I have adapted. We spend a lot of time crayfishing and I decided to use some crayfish instead of shrimp. Shrimp here are tiny little things as small as the tip of my pinky finger. Anything larger we call prawns. For this recipe even langoustine tails would do, so use what is available close to where you live.

what shellfish is caught where you live?

"Broccoli And Crayfish Pasta"
Broccoli And Crayfish Pasta

Broccoli And Crayfish Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 200g pasta of your choice, I used penne
  • 100g broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces
  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 250mls vegetable stock
  • 2.5mls dried parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.25mls dried red chilli
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 crayfish tails, sliced
Method
  1. Place a large pot of water onto the boil for your pasta
  2. When the water has boiled, salt the water generously and add the pasta
  3. Add the broccoli for the last 2 minutes of cooking time
  4. While the pasta water is heating start on the sauce
  5. In a small saucepan, over a medium heat, melt the butter
  6. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute to allow the flour to cook
  7. Gradually add the stock while whisking
  8. Add the parsley and season and leave to simmer and thicken, whisking occasionally
  9. Once you have put the pasta in to cook, heat the oil in the largest frying pan you own
  10. Add the garlic and the chilli and sauté until the garlic is soft
  11. Add the courgettes and the crayfish and season
  12. Drain the pasta and the broccoli and add to the frying pan
  13. Add the sauce and mix in until the pasta is covered
  14. Adjust the seasoning and serve

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64 thoughts on “Recipe For Broccoli And Crayfish Pasta

  1. I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at thejennyevolution.com. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.

    Jennifer
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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I shall take a look!

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  2. Awesome recipe, and a great choice!

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    1. thank you Teri 🙂

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  3. i’ve always wanted to try crayfish. hm.

    …right now there are no shellfish where i live. at least not naturally. i moved from the West coast of Canada to Toronto 8 months ago. not sure why. i sure miss my seafood. i’ve tried East coast oysters but they’re still shipped in. jealous.

    Happy SRC reveal from a group C member!!
    kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty sharing the blog ♥ The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Week #36My Profile

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    1. Nothing beats fresh seafood! Thanks for the visit Kristy 🙂

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  4. No shelfish over here, only frozen unfortunately. But I still love it and your recipe as well.
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    1. that is so sad Marta!

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  5. Beautiful! Shrimp are the little ones for us too and prawns are bigger 🙂

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    1. I am glad they are the same there as here 🙂

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  6. I’m a sucker for any type of pasta pairing with any shellfish – shrimp (or prawns) are my hands down favorite. I live 2 hours from the Jersey coast where clams and crabs are more abundant. I love ’em all! Thanks for sharing this delish recipe 🙂

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    1. I wish we could get crabs here 🙂

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  7. I’ve never had crayfish before…what does it taste like? Either way, looks mighty tasty!
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    1. It is the same as lobster, a milder taste than prawns 🙂

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  8. It is a wonderful recipe, simple and with a great appearance. Good choice! 🙂

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    1. thank you Giovanna 🙂

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  9. That is so cool that you go crayfishing! I’ve never done that! The most I’ve done is regular fishing with a fishing pole in our lakes here in KS. So neat to create a dish with fish you caught yourself!

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    1. I love ordinary fishing as well, but I have only ever caught one fish!

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  10. I din’t much appreciate shellfish. Give me a sole or a piece of kingklip any day over shellfish.

    PS – have you ever made blue cheese icecream?

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    1. I have not ever made blue cheese ice cream. Maybe I should?

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  11. That’s a good question! I don’t know what we really catch that is really, really local to me. I know that you’re not supposed to eat whatever is caught in Sydney Harbour though! 😛
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ The Bourbon, Kings CrossMy Profile

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    1. I am not sure I would eat anything out of Sydney Harbour either! I know you have loads of sharks in it 🙂

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  12. Your dish looks and sounds incredibly tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

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    1. Thank you Lisa 🙂

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  13. Yum- seafood and pasta are such a great combination. This looks great.

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    1. Thank you Karen 🙂

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  14. This looks delicious. Love the fresh broccoli!
    Debra sharing the blog ♥ Peach-Raspberry Crumble with AmarettoMy Profile

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    1. It really made the meal!

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  15. Ooh, the crayfish looks delicious!

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    1. thank you, it was!

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  16. I love crawfish! This sounds delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Crawfish sounds very tasty, being a fresh water shellfish I think that they might be sweeter than crayfish, which is more like your lobster 🙂

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  17. Mmm, Mmm yum!!

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    1. thanks Squishy 🙂

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  18. Oh my! This looks heavenly! I love shell fish but I don’t think we can get crayfish out here. I think I’m going to check!

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    1. You can look for lobster Erin 🙂

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  19. This pasta dish sounds lovely!

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    1. thank you Melissa 🙂

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  20. Oh yum! I saw the photo in the linkup last night when I posted at 2am and I couldn’t wait to see the recipe today! This sounds absolutely amazing, we don’t have too much crayfish around here but I absolutely LOVE them. WIll definitely have to try your version of this pasta! 🙂

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    1. I hope you enjoy it Lacy 🙂

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  21. I’m glad you liked this – and great substitution! I am a big proponent of using what is available and easily accessible!

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    1. Thank you so much for a great recipe Sara 🙂

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  22. Tandy, you just make such delicious looking pastas. This carb lover is always in heaven when I visit your blog!

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    1. I am so in love with pasta! Thank you for the compliment 🙂

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  23. Wow, how big are your crayfish? Unfortunately we don’t have any shell fish here in Montana. I had such a great time lurking around your blog this last month. And my husband can’t get over how great that venison was!

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    1. Our crayfish are quite big, but not as large as a lobster from Maine! I am so pleased you enjoyed the venison 🙂

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  24. Yum! Looks hearty and healthy too with all those greens! Shellfish that is fresh to Sydney that others may not know about are Balmain Bugs. They’re a cross between prawns and lobster. Its delicious!

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    1. I so want to try a Balmain bug but I don’t think my mom can sneak them back to SA!

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  25. It’s so hot here in Texas! All I want is pasta and salads! This will do perfectly!
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    1. Salad is perfect for the hot weather, and this pasta dish will be great cold 🙂

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  26. Lovely meal.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. Thank you Mandy 🙂

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  27. Yum, mudbugs!! Crayfish make this simple, tasty dish a special treat.

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    1. Thank you! It was a treat indeed 🙂

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  28. Tandy: This pasta seems to be the perfect dinner meal!!!!

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    1. It was indeed Denise 🙂

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  29. Lovely recipe Tandy. My husband and I love shellfish. Two of my 3 sons, not so much. My parents live on the gulf and my m-i-l in the Puget Sound. Both are generous to bring us seafood when they come to visit.

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    1. I’m glad they share the seafood with you! I love that we can get it fresh where we live 🙂

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  30. Mmmm….this pasta sounds amazing!!!! Excellent SRC pick 🙂

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    1. Thank you Liz 🙂

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  31. A healthy and delicious dose of pasta 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Delicious indeed!

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  32. This sounds like a wonderful, flavorful helping of pasta!

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to be a part of it –
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    1. Thank you Trisha, I am off to look at your blog now 🙂

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