Orecchiette with Broccoli and Garlic Orecchiette with Broccoli and Garlic

Orecchiette150 Image by: Orecchiette150 Author: Canadian Living

Frying garlic until it is just slightly golden gives it a nutty, slightly spicy flavour that marries well with broccoli, especially when anchovies add deep, delicious base notes. Don't let the garlic go beyond golden or it will become bitter.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2003


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 4 cups orecchiette pasta (12 0z/375 g)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic very thinly sliced
  • 6 anchovy fillets chopped (or 1 tbsp/15 ml anchovy paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Cut broccoli into small florets; chop stems. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook broccoli until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside.

In same pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cooking liquid, drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Fry garlic, anchovies, hot pepper flakes and salt until garlic is fragrant and anchovies begin to break down, about 2 minutes.

Add broccoli to skillet; cook until heated through and garlic is beginning to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Add to pasta along with reserved cooking liquid; toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 6 servings:</b> about

  • Sodium 699 mg
  • Protein 13 g
  • Calories 305.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 7 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 48 g


  • Iron 16.0
  • Folate 54.0
  • Calcium 11.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
  • Vitamin C 97.0
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Orecchiette with Broccoli and Garlic