Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli & Sausage

by FoodBabbles on November 20, 2010

Mmmm… Pasta! Pasta, glorious pasta!! I do indeed love it and if it wasn’t for the detrimental effect of carbohydrates on my waistline, I think I could eat it every single day. This may sound like an exaggeration however, I truly think I could! There are a few foods I think I could eat daily, none of them good from a health perspective. Pizza, pasta, ice cream… Oh wait! I do eat ice cream daily. Everyone has their indulgences. Oh but I digress… This orecchiette dish is a little spicy and a lot flavorful! I love orecchiette, cute little ear-shaped pasta perfect for holding all the little morsels paired with it. It’s also perfect for Madelyn to feed herself which is always a plus in my book! (That means I may actually get to eat my dinner while it’s still warm… BONUS!)

Here, I paired orecchiette with broccoli, sausage, A LOT of garlic (but the flavor mellows during cooking) and a nice shot of red pepper flakes. A testament to the incredible flavor of this dish is Mike. He wants red sauce or gravy on just about everything I put in front of him. He was at the ready with a side of red sauce to dump on my wonderful, garlicky, slightly spicy, savory creation… yet to my amazement, it sat there, untouched!! Nothing was a higher compliment to this dish than not having it slathered with red sauce. So check it out… I know you will definitely love it!



**…Your Mouth Will Thank You!



6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/3 c. olive oil

4 c. broccoli, chopped

1 lb Italian sausage, casing removed

1 c. reserved pasta water

1/2 c. white wine

1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes

1/2 c. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 lb orecchiette pasta

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper



*Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.

*In a pan over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks.

*In another pan over medium-high heat, cook the garlic in oil for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally until golden. Add the broccoli, 1/2 a cup reserved pasta water, wine, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until the broccoli is tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated.

*Add the sausage to the pan.

*Stir in the basil.

*Toss the pasta with the broccoli mixture. Add the other half of the reserved pasta water if the remaining liquid needs thinning.

*Stir in the cheese and serve.



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa August 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I made this for the August SRC reveal day and absolutely LOVED it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂


Kate August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Great minds think alike!! They really were amazing.


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