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Broccoli and Orecchiette Pasta

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A quick, easy and fairly healthy week night dinner idea.
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Broccoli and Orechiette

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: broccoli, orecchiette, pasta
Servings: 4


  • 8 oz orecchiette pasta
  • 1/2 head broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, rough chopped or 6 tsp Gourmet Garden Garlic paste
  • 1 pinch red chili pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, julienned
  • 4 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 4 tbsp kalamata olives, chopped


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Cook pasta to al dente. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli until tender. If you have a steamer pot, you can steam the broccoli over the boiling pasta.
  • Drain pasta.
  • Saute the garlic in olive oil over medium heat until fragrant.
  • Add chili pepper flakes, salt, pepper, broccoli, broth and vinegar.
  • Stir for 5 minutes. Add pasta.
  • Top as desired.

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