Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli
Everyday Food, September 2008
- Prep Time 30 minutes
- Total Time 30 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 12 ounces orecchiette or other short pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 1 head broccoli (about 1 pound), cut into bite-size florets, stalks peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.
- While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add broccoli and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until broccoli begins to soften, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until water has evaporated and broccoli is crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes more.
- To pasta in pot, add broccoli mixture, Parmesan (reserving some for later), and enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Serve sprinkled with remaining Parmesan.
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