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A trip to Italy would be a trip to foodie heaven. Italy boasts some of the most delicious food on planet Earth. It is a dream of mine to travel back to Italy on a culinary tour. Can you imagine amazing pastas, wines, cheeses, and desserts available at most every corner in Italy? Foodie heaven for sure!!
Saucer Shaped Pasta
Puglia, which forms the “heel” of Italy’s boot, is a region in Southern Italy. And Puglia arguably has some of the best food in the country. A signature dish from Puglia is Orecchiette with Broccoli. Orecchiette is a type of pasta that comes from the Puglian area. Saucer shaped, it means “little ears” in Italian.
Puglian Orecchiette with Broccoli is often made with broccoli rabe. I have used regular broccoli in this recipe, which is just as delicious. The main flavor comes from anchovies, which is commonly used in southern Italian cooking. So, this dish is savory and also a bit spicy due to the addition of red pepper flakes.
Certainly anchovies are not just for pizza!! And, I love cooking with anchovies. In this instance, the combination of olive oil, garlic, red peppers, and anchovies is absolutely delicious.
Most importantly, you will love Orecchiette with Broccoli! So, I hope you will enjoy this soon, and be sure to top with a generous amount of parmesan! Enjoy a taste of southern Italy!!
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Puglian Orecchiette with Broccoli
- 1 crown broccoli medium to large
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 anchovy fillets with oil
- 1/2 ts red chili flakes can also sub a couple of your favorite chilies!
- 4 tbsp butter
- 16 oz orecchiette pasta
- 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- parmesan cheese grated
- Cut the broccoli crown into bite sized pieces
- Heat up your olive oil and butter in a heavy skillet, then add minced garlic and stir fry on med heat for 1 minute
- Add your anchovy fillets, with some of the oil that the fillets were packed in. Stir fry for 2 minutes, or until the anchovies have “melted”
- Add red chili flakes (or a couple of your favorite minced chilies), stir, and keep warm on a very low setting
- Boil pasta water in a large pot, and prepare your orecchiette according to package directions. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to reserve approximately 1 cup of the pasta water, collected at or near the end of the time when the pasta is finished cooking
- 3-4 minutes before your pasta is finished cooking, add the broccoli pieces into the boiling pasta water
- When the pasta is finished cooking, drain the broccoli and the pasta. REMEMBER: You will need to reserve 1 cup of the pasta water just prior to draining the broccoli and pasta
- Add the cooked broccoli and orecchiette to your anchovy, garlic, red pepper (or chilies), and olive oil mixture, and stir
- Start adding the reserved pasta water a little at a time and continue stirring. This helps make a smooth sauce and prevents the pasta from sticking!
- Add salt and pepper to taste