Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals: Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad

Yes, you absolutely can whip up two fragrant salads and a beautiful pasta, all in under half an hour.

Yes, you absolutely can whip up two fragrant salads and a beautiful pasta, all in under half an hour

(Credit: Davis Loftus)

"Don’t go buying pre-grated Parmesan; it stinks, it’s horrible. When I was a kid it was nearly enough to put me off Parmesan forever... It’s much cheaper and much nicer to grate your own." - Jamie Oliver

Broccoli Orecchiette, Courgette & Bocconcini Salad, Prosciutto & Melon Salad

By Jamie Oliver



  • 125g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 200g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 1 x 30g tin of anchovies in oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp capers
  • 1 small dried chili
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 500g dried orecchiette

Courgette Salad:

  • 3 large sprigs of fresh mint
  • ½ a fresh red chili
  • 1 lemon
  • 200g baby courgettes, mixed colours
  • 1 x 125g tub of bocconcini di mozzarella (baby mozzarella balls)


  • Olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt & black pepper

Prosciutto & Melon Salad:

  • A small bunch of fresh basil
  • ½ a lemon
  • 2 x 115g packs of prosciutto
  • 2 cantaloupe melon
  • Balsamic vinegar


To start: Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Put the fine grater attachment into the food processor. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large frying pan on a low heat.

Pasta: Trim the rind off your Parmesan and set aside. Grate the chunk of Parmesan in the food processor, then tip into a bowl. Slice all the florets off the stalk of the large head of broccoli. Trim off the florets from the purple sprouting broccoli and chop up just the tender stalks. Put all the broccoli to one side.

Fit the standard blade attachment to the processor. Halve the large broccoli stalk and put into the empty processor with the anchovies and their oil, and the drained capers. Crumble in the dried chili. Peel and add the 3 cloves of garlic, then pulse it all to a paste. Pour the boiled water into a large deep saucepan and put on a high heat.

Put about 3 tablespoons of olive oil into the large frying pan and spoon in the broccoli paste. Stir, then pick and tear in some thyme leaves, discarding the woody stalks. Pour a wineglass of water into the pan and add the reserved Parmesan rind. Give it a good stir and turn the heat up to medium. Keep your eye on it, stirring every now and then. Half-fill the kettle and reboil.

Add the orecchiette to the saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt and cook according to packet instructions, with the lid askew. Now you’ve got about 12 minutes of pasta cooking time to make your 2 salads, so crack on!

Courgette Salad: Pick the mint leaves over a chopping board. Add ½ a red chili. Zest over ½ the lemon, then chop the chili and mint together until really fine. Spoon into the middle of a serving platter, drizzle over about 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and squeeze in the juice of ½ the lemon. Add a pinch of salt & pepper, then taste and adjust the flavours if necessary. Speed-peel the courgettes into ribbons over this dressing. Drain the tub of baby mozzarella, then tip over the courgettes and take to the table to toss and dress at the last minute.

Pasta: Give the pasta a stir and top up with more water from the kettle, if needed. After 5 minutes add all the reserved broccoli florets and the chopped purple sprouting broccoli stalks to the pasta with a splash of water from the kettle.

Prosciutto & Melon Salad: Pick the leaves from the basil, setting the smaller ones aside for later. Put the big leaves into a pestle & mortar with a pinch of salt and bash to a paste. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus a good squeeze of lemon juice. Lay 12 slices of prosciutto on a platter, leaving a space in the middle. Halve the melon, spoon out the seeds, then use a spoon to quickly scoop chunks of flesh into the middle of the platter. Drizzle over a little balsamic, then scatter over the reserved small basil leaves. Squeeze the juices from the melon halves into the dressing and stir in, then take the platter to the table, with the mortar and a spoon for drizzling over the dressing.

Pasta: Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water, and add to the frying pan of paste. Fish out the Parmesan rind and discard. Add a big handful or two of grated Parmesan and a ladle or two of the cooking water. Carefully and quickly stir around and keep it moving until you achieve shiny, loose, lovely pasta. Taste and correct the seasoning, then tip on to a serving platter and sprinkle over a handful of Parmesan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and scatter over the rest of the small reserved basil leaves. Take to the table with the rest of the Parmesan for sprinkling over.

To serve: When everyone is ready to eat, use 2 forks to toss the courgette ribbons and baby mozzarella. Serve next to some of that lovely pasta and the prosciutto and melon salad.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

(Credit: David Loftus)

The 50 meal ideas in this book are exciting, varied and seasonal. They include main course recipes with side dishes as well as desserts and drinks, and are all meals you'll be proud to serve your family and friends.

This recipe originally appeared on Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - Series 1: © 2010 Jamie Oliver. Visit or follow him at @jamieoliver.


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