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September 11, 2008

Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli

Filed under: Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 10:57 am

Okay, this dinner turned out better than the last one I posted. This came from Everyday Food magazine again. We really enjoyed it but felt it needed some thing more, like chicken or some sliced turkey sausage or Nate suggested bacon! I noticed that on the website where the recipe is listed someone noted that they added mushrooms. That sounds good! I will make it again but I will make some modifications, like more broccoli and a protein. I really think that I needed the protein, especially after running today.


Spicy Orecchiette with Brocoli

source: Everyday Food


Serves 4

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 head broccoli (about 1 pound), cut into bite-size florets, stalks peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add broccoli and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until broccoli begins to soften, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until water has evaporated and broccoli is crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. To pasta in pot, add broccoli mixture, Parmesan (reserving some for later), and enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Serve sprinkled with remaining Parmesan.


  1. It looks good – I bet mushrooms and chicken would be great in here! I hope you post a follow up!

    Comment by Cate — September 11, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

  2. Bacon always makes everything better 🙂 I like how simply prepared this is and it looks delicious!

    Comment by Joelen — September 11, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

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