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Orecchiette Pasta with Broccolini…

Orecchiette pasta with broccolini

Originating from the region of Basilicata, this popular pasta of Puglia is perfect for capturing delicious sauces that accompany it. The name, orecchiette, “little ears” in English, is derived from its shape.

Orecchiette pasta, either fresh or dried, is traditionally cooked with broccoli rabe (rapini) in Basilicata. Broccoli rabe is slightly bitter and more leafy than broccoli. In this recipe I have used broccolini, but any type of broccoli is adequate.

Garlic and chilli magnify this simple vegetarian dish to the next level. Orecchiette Pasta with Broccolini is a great idea for a quick and healthy midweek meal.

Orecchiette Pasta with Broccolini

Serves: 4-6

Time: 30 minutes


500g orecchiette, fresh or dried

2 bunches broccolini

4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra

3 large cloves garlic crushed

1 tsp dried chilli flakes, extra to serve

salt and pepper for seasoning

grated pecorino cheese to serve

truffle oil (optional) to serve


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

Add the broccolini and orecchiette to the pan and cook as per cooking instructions (12-14 mins usually)

Reserve one cup of cooking water and drain the rest, separating some of the green vegetable.

In a seperate large frypan, add the garlic and chilli to the heated olive oil and fry gently for a minute.

Add the reserved broccoli and smash together with the garlic and chilli.

Toss in the rest of the greens and orecchiette along with the pasta water, adjusting as you go when needed. Season with salt and pepper and extra olive oil to attain a sauce consistency.

Serve pasta to plates and sprinkle with extra chilli, a drizzle of truffle oil and shavings of fresh pecorino cheese.

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26 comments on “Orecchiette Pasta with Broccolini…

  1. Yummy!! Looks so good and easy too. Thanks.

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  2. So satisfying and tasty meal! lovely share Lorelle πŸ™‚

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  3. This looks so yum!

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  4. Looks absolutely scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe – Neek

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  5. My kids favorite vegetable dish! You made it just the way it should be made. That’s what it takes to get kids to eat their vegetables β€” make them tasty and good and mix them with pasta!

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  6. I’m going to be trying this out as soon as I get my cooking head on again! Thanks.

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  7. Looks exactly the sort of thing we’d love and sounds so easy to make. Even I could have a bash at doing that (maybe).

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  8. Ooh, that one’s going straight to the pool room! πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

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  9. oh yes this sounds very delicious and light and healthy. i do love broccoli/broccolini etc…

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  10. Yum. Sounds nice and easy with delicious flavours πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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