Orechiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Pasta is a staple in Italian cuisine. Whilst it is not often thought of as particularly healthy, in moderation it is absolutely fine. The sauce can be a good way of adding extra vegetables to your diet. This Orechiette pasta and broccoli recipe from Puglia is a great example of that. The broccoli is full of vitamins and nutrients and is a great way of getting unwanted toxins out of your body.

  • Serves: 4


  • 300g dried orecchiette pasta
  • 4 anchovy fillets from tin
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 250g tenderstem broccoli
  • olive oil
  • pecorino cheese


  1. Add the orecchiette to a pan of boiling, salted water.

  2. Chop up the broccoli and blanch it in some simmering water for a couple of minutes.

  3. In a frying pan add the garlic, oil, chilli and four anchovies and try until the anchovies begin to melt away, then add the greens and cook for a minute or so.

  4. Serve with the pasta with a sprinkle of Pecorino cheese.

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