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Recipe | Linguine with broccoli in a Comté and thyme sauce

Recipe | Linguine with broccoli in a Comté and thyme sauce

When you crave some greenery, but still want something comforting and satisfying, this pasta dish hits the spot.

The Comté is combined with crème fraîche and eggs to make a creamy, rich sauce that goes beautifully with the broccoli.

Serves 4

You will need:

250ml crème fraîche

350g Comté, finely grated

(16-months aged Comté would be ideal as it has good flavour, but won’t overpower the dish)

400g broccoli florets

2 large free range egg yolks

Leaves from a few sprigs of thyme

400g fresh tagliatelle

Good quality extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle on at the end

Comte cheese


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add a teaspoon of water and rest a large heatproof bowl over the top of the pan, so that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Boil a kettle of water (for later on).

2. Put the crème fraîche and 300g of the Comté in the bowl. Stir gently until the cheese is melted into the crème fraîche. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Cut off the hard ends of the broccoli, slice the stalks diagonally and leave the smaller florets whole, or cut any large ones in half.

4. Once the cheese mixture is all combined, remove the bowl from the pan, turn the heat up high so the water is boiling hard. Drop in the tagliatelle and broccoli – top up pan with boiling water to cover it all fully. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes until the pasta is just cooked through.

5. Whisk the egg yolks and thyme leaves into the sauce, drain the pasta and broccoli (keep a little of the cooking water) and toss them in the sauce. If the sauce is a bit too thick, you can loosen it with a little of the cooking water. Taste and season if necessary, then serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the remaining Comté sprinkled over the top.

Recipe © Laura Pope