Donal Skehan cooks up a quick and tasty pasta dish.


  • 300 g orecchiette or other smaller pasta pieces
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely sliced
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 150 g goats cheese
  • a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil and drop the broccoli florets in.
  • Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes until just tender, remove from the pot and refresh in a bowl filled with ice cold water.
  • Bring the pot of water back to the boil, add in the orecchiette and cook according to the instructions on the packet, or for about 12-15 minutes until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking add a good drop of olive oil to a frying pan over a medium high heat and fry the chilli flakes and garlic for 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain the broccoli and then add it to the pan, tossing to combine.
  • When the pasta is cooked drain it and place it back in the pot.
  • Toss through the broccoli, chilli and garlic and season with sea salt and ground black pepper.
  • Add the lemon zest and crumble in the goats cheese.
  • Gently fold the goats cheese in so that it doesn’t break up and melt completely.
  • Serve the pasta straight away with a final drizzle of extra version olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • Try using different types of pasta, I'm using orrichiette but you could use, penne, fusili or rigatoni.
  • If you end up with a glut of lemons, don't let them go to waste, you can zest and juice them and freeze them in resealable bags, perfect for adding a fresh zing to dishes just like this.
  • Try and use the best quality extra virgin olive oil to taste. It's best used to dress salads and finish dishes and looses it's flavour when used at high temperatures.
  • If you're worried about your pasta sticking together, don't add oil just ensure you have a large pot of water allowing the pasta the space to cook will make sure it doesn't stick. Also make sure not to overcook the pasta.

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