Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli & Sausage

Mmmm… Pasta! Pasta, glorious pasta!! I do indeed love it and if it wasn’t for the detrimental effect of carbohydrates on my waistline, I think I could eat it every single day. This may sound like an exaggeration however, I truly think I could! There are a few foods I think I could eat daily, none of them good from a health perspective. Pizza, pasta, ice cream… Oh wait! I do eat ice cream daily. Everyone has their indulgences. Oh but I digress… This orecchiette dish is a little spicy and a lot flavorful! I love orecchiette, cute little ear-shaped pasta perfect for holding all the little morsels paired with it. It’s also perfect for Madelyn to feed herself which is always a plus in my book! (That means I may actually get to eat my dinner while it’s still warm… BONUS!)

Here, I paired orecchiette with broccoli, sausage, A LOT of garlic (but the flavor mellows during cooking) and a nice shot of red pepper flakes. A testament to the incredible flavor of this dish is Mike. He wants red sauce or gravy on just about everything I put in front of him. He was at the ready with a side of red sauce to dump on my wonderful, garlicky, slightly spicy, savory creation… yet to my amazement, it sat there, untouched!! Nothing was a higher compliment to this dish than not having it slathered with red sauce. So check it out… I know you will definitely love it!



**…Your Mouth Will Thank You!



6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/3 c. olive oil

4 c. broccoli, chopped

1 lb Italian sausage, casing removed

1 c. reserved pasta water

1/2 c. white wine

1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes

1/2 c. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 lb orecchiette pasta

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper



*Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.

*In a pan over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks.

*In another pan over medium-high heat, cook the garlic in oil for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally until golden. Add the broccoli, 1/2 a cup reserved pasta water, wine, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until the broccoli is tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated.

*Add the sausage to the pan.

*Stir in the basil.

*Toss the pasta with the broccoli mixture. Add the other half of the reserved pasta water if the remaining liquid needs thinning.

*Stir in the cheese and serve.




About FoodBabbles

I'm just a girl with a passion for good food. Especially the sweet side of life. I love to eat it, make it, read about it... if it has to do with food, it's for me. I'd like to share my food, writing and photos with you. Sometimes they come out great. Other times, well... there are some mishaps but I'll share those with you too. I'm only human! Either way, I enjoy it and hope you will too! So here are sugary, sweet culinary delights from my talented yet dangerously klutzy hands so obviously not bred to work with sharp knives and hot ovens.
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