Orecchiette pasta with broccoli, Italian pork sausage and chilli

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Time 40 Minutes
  • 400g Orecchiette pasta
  • 500g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 300g Italian pork sausages, skin removed
  • 5 tablespoons (100ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • Parmigiano Reggiano to serve
  • Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It
Step 1

Cook the broccoli in a large pot of boiling water over medium heat until very tender (approximately 20-25 minutes). Take the pot off the heat. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and transfer to a chopping board. Roughly chop the broccoli.

Step 2

Place the pot with broccoli infused water on high heat and bring to the boil (add more water, if required). Add a pinch of salt and Orecchiette pasta to the boiling water and cook until ‘al dente’ – refer to the cooking time specified in pasta packet instructions. Drain the pasta.

Step 3

Meanwhile heat half of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chilli. Cook for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Break up the sausage meat with your hands and add it to the frying pan. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, breaking up any lumps until the sausage meat is lightly browned all over. Stir in the broccoli and remaining olive oil. Cook over the heat for 2 minutes. Season to taste. Remove from the heat.

Step 4

Add the pasta and toss to combine. Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano on top – buon appetito.

400g Orecchiette pasta|500g broccoli, cut into small florets|300g Italian pork sausages, skin removed|5 tablespoons (100ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve|1 garlic clove, crushed|2 small red chillies, finely chopped|Parmigiano Reggiano to serve|Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

Vanessa Bottaro

Founder and Owner at Italian Spoon
What is second best thing to being in beautiful Italy? Cooking and writing about Italian food, of course!

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband Simone and two children. They are my first love! Italian Spoon brings my second love for cooking Italian food and blogging to life and I am loving it!

I hope to inspire you to continue the tradition of Italian home cooking. Buon appetito!
Vanessa Bottaro

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