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Orecchiette Pasta w/ Broccoli Sauce

Get ready for a broccoli pasta dish that’s out of this world!

If you’re feeling fancy, drizzle some truffle oil on top for an extra special touch. Get ready to enjoy a veggie-packed pasta dish that’s anything but ordinary!

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  • 12 ounces broccoli florets- cut or broken into very small florets about equal size about 6 cups packed
  • 8 ounces short pasta- orecchiette pasta penne, rigatoni, etc
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 fat shallot diced
  • 6 garlic cloves- rough chopped
  • generous pinch chili flakes Aleppo or Urfa biber is nice here
  • generous pinch salt and pepper more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste or sub 1–2 mashed anchovies
  • 2 cups veggie broth or chicken broth
  • 1 –2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Garnish: grated parmesan or pecorino cheese lemon zest, truffle oil, fresh basil ribbons, toasted pine nuts, toasted bread crumbs, truffle oil or kalamata olives– all optional.


  • Start by steaming those little green florets until they’re as tender as can be. While they cook, boil your pasta and save a cup of the hot water for later.
  • In a large pan, sauté shallots and garlic with chili flakes in some olive oil until they’re fragrant and golden. Then, add in the star of the show – the miso paste (or anchovy). Next, add in the steamed broccoli, salt, pepper, and some broth. Let everything gently simmer, while you break the broccoli into tiny pieces with a metal spatula. This is when the magic happens – the broccoli will break down and become a delicious, creamy sauce.
  • Once it’s saucy enough, add the pasta and toss it all together. Don’t forget the lemon zest – it’ll add a zingy, bright flavor. If it’s looking a little dry, add more of that hot pasta water to keep it nice and saucy.
  • Time to taste! Adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper, and chili flakes if you like a little heat. To make it even richer, add a splash of olive oil or butter (because who doesn’t love butter?) and some pecorino cheese if you fancy it.
  • Serve it up in some pasta bowls and add your favorite toppings, like fresh basil or grated Parmesan.