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Orecchiette Pasta With Broccoli

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal


  • steamer
  • saucepan
  • pot
  • colander


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Orecchiette Pasta
  • 2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 12 oz Broccoli torn into florets, with no stems
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper as needed
  • 6 cloves Garlic smashed  & chopped roughly
  • 2 to 3 Sun-Dried Tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese for garnishing
  • Basil leaves for garnishing, optional


  • Place the broccoli in a steamer over medium heat and cook them for 6 to 7 minutes or until they become tender. Transfer the broccoli to a kitchen towel. Keep it aside.
  • In the meantime, heat salted water in a large pot of water and heat it over medium heat and once the water starts boiling, stir in the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions given on the package until it becomes al-dente. Tip: While cooking the pasta, stir the pasta frequently so that the pasta doesn’t stick.
  • For draining the pasta, transfer the cooked pasta to a colander. Reserve the pasta water. Set the pasta aside.
  • Next, take a large saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat.
  • To this, spoon in the olive oil and once it becomes hot, stir in the garlic and chili flakes.
  • Sauté for 3 minutes or until it becomes golden & aromatic. Tip: Stir frequently so that the garlic doesn’t get burnt and browned.
  • Then, stir in the cooked broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, pepper, vegetable stock, and salt into it and give a good mix.
  • When the mixture starts to simmer gently, break down the broccoli with a spatula into smaller pieces. Tip: The broccoli should be in a sauce form.
  • Continue cooking for another 10 minutes by allowing it to simmer gently or until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Tip: At this point, the broccoli would break down to a sauce form as it is getting more and more cooked.
  • Finally, add the pasta to the pan and toss well so that the sauce coats the pasta. Taste for seasoning and spoon in more salt, chili, and pepper if needed.
  • Garnish with the grated parmesan and basil, if using.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.