Orecchiette with Broccoli and Sausage ___

Orecchiette with Broccoli and Sausage


For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound dried orecchiette pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 0.25 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces


Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and drop in the Orecchiette.

Put a large sauté pan over a medium flame and heat the oil. Add the sausage to the pan and sauté while breaking it up in to small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage has nicely browned, about 7-9 minutes.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Lower the flame to low.

Drop the broccoli into the pasta water and cook until the broccoli is tender and the pasta is al dente, about 7-8 minutes.

Scoop the pasta and broccoli out of the water and add them to the pan with the sausage. Toss everything together over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. The broccoli should break down and begin to coat the pasta.

Serve in bowls with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.