Broccoli and Anchovy Orecchiette

Broccoli and Anchovy Orecchiette
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 large heads of broccoli

  • 2 good pats of butter (about 1 tsp. each)

  • 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced

  • 4 anchovy fillets

  • 2 small dried red chilies such as bird chiles*

  • 1 pound dried orecchiette pasta

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Use a small knife to remove broccoli florets from the main stalks and set aside. Peel the remaining stalks. Trim and discard the dry end and finely slice the stalks. In a saucepan or very large 14-inch skillet melt a pat of butter and add the sliced stalks, the garlic, and anchovies. Crumble in the dried chiles (these can be pretty hot so don't go overboard). Cover and cook slowly for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the stalks start to soften.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Add the broccoli florets to the pasta for the last 4 minutes. This makes them tender enough to eat but leaves them with great color and texture

  3. Drain the pasta and broccoli florets, reserving a little of the starchy pasta cooking water. Add the pasta and broccoli florets to the pan of cooked broccoli stalks. Add the remaining pat of butter and quickly toss everything together. Remove the pan from the heat. Season to taste with a pinch of salt and pepper and sprinkle in half of the Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Add a little of the cooking water if necessary to loosen the pasta. Serve immediately, drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with the rest of the Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.


* Chiles contain oils that may burn skin and eyes. Wear plastic gloves and wash hands after handling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
10g Fat
62g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 387mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 414mg 9%
Folate, total 225.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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