Orecchiette With Broccoli
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Puglian Orecchiette with Broccoli

This recipe from the Puglian region of Southern Italy is absolutely delicious.  Flavored with anchovies, often used in southern Italian cooking, it is savory and also a bit spicy due to the addition of red pepper flakes. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 crown broccoli medium to large
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 anchovy fillets with oil
  • 1/2 ts red chili flakes
  • 16 oz orecchiette pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Cut the broccoli crown into bite sized pieces
    Broccoli crown cut up
  • Heat up your olive oil 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"
    Anchovies, Red Chili Flakes, Broccoli, Garlic, and Parmesan
  • Add red chili flakes, 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, 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

Notes

Feel free to substitute broccoli rabe for the broccoli crown.
Top your Orecchiette with Broccoli with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  Serve with a side salad and a glass of Italian Pinot Grigio for an amazing meal, and enjoy the taste of Puglia!