Orecchiette with broccoli and sausage
- Very easy
- 35 min
- Kcal 691
Broccoli: love it or hate it, but very few of you will know that with a few small tips this winter green can become a true ally in the kitchen! All it takes is a simple recipe, like this pasta with broccoli, to fully appreciate its goodness. A few herbs and slow cooking will turn humble broccoli into an enveloping and flavorsome cream for a plate of pasta, a healthy and genuine idea that will enrich your menus for the cold season with flavor. Pairing it with other delicious ingredients, like sausage, pancetta bacon, toasted soft bread will bring to life lots of appetizing versions just waiting to be discovered!
To make pasta with broccoli, start by removing the broccoli florets from the middle stalk 1; cut them in half if they are very big. Rinse them under running water. Bring some salted water to the boil in a saucepan 2 and add the broccoli as soon as the water starts to boil 3.
Cook for around ten minutes 4. In the meantime, brown a garlic clove in a drizzle of oil, in a deep pan 5. Drain the broccoli and place in a saucepan, save the cooking water for later 6.
Leave a few whole florets to one side 7, which you will then add to the finished pasta dish. Add a little water to the broccoli 8. Add salt and pepper, then cook on a medium-low flame for around 20 minutes, or at least until cooked and a cream starts to form. Add some more water if necessary. Once cooked, remove the garlic clove 9.
Cook the troccoli until firm to the bite in the same water used to boil the broccoli: bring the water back to the boil 10 and follow cooking times indicated on the package. Add the broccoli left to one side to the sauce 11. Drain the pasta and add to the broccoli cream 12.
Add a ladle of cooking water, depending on how creamy the sauce is 13. Sauté the pasta with the broccoli for a few moments 14 and serve nice and hot 15; add pepper to taste. Your pasta with broccoli is ready, buon appetito.
Pasta with broccoli can be stored in the refrigerator for one day.
You can freeze the sauce once cooked.
Try adding an anchovy in oil to the garlic, for a more savory and captivating note!
Or add some chopped nuts or bread crumbs toasted in a pan.
If you like, you can also add some dried tomatoes in oil, or some finely chopped pitted black olives.