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Orecchiette with Caramelized Garlic, Sausage & Broccoli

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Serves four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 60

  • 10 oz. broccoli crowns, cut into 1-1/2-inch florets
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage, skinned and crumbled into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into thin strips
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 lb. dried orecchiette (or penne)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice; more to taste
  • 3 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; more for serving
  • 3 scallions (whites and greens), thinly sliced

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Blanch the broccoli in the boiling water until it softens to a tender crunch, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer it to the bowl of cold water.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the sausage and sauté, stirring, until it browns and is just cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Put the pasta in the water. Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium low; add the remaining 2 Tbs. oil and the garlic. Season with salt and cook, flipping the pieces occasionally, until they start to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Raise the heat to high, drain the broccoli, and add it to the skillet, along with the sausage. Cook until everything is heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and thyme.

Finish cooking the pasta until it’s just tender, about 10 minutes total. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the broccoli. Raise the heat to high and toss well for 30 seconds. If the pasta appears dry, add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir in the lemon juice, Parmigiano and scallions. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste. serve immediately, sprinkled with more Parmigiano.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 760; Fat (g): fat g 36; Fat Calories (kcal): 320; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 9; Protein (g): protein g 36; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 21; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 77; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 910; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 45; Fiber (g): fiber g 8;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Better than the dish we had in Puglia! Quick and easy...I forgot to caramelize the garlic and tossed it in with the broccoli, but it still turned out great!

Simple tasty pasta. Perfect for a weeknight dish. Will make this again!

This is excellent and easy. I made it exactly as is, and my kids love it. It is a regular in my meal planning.

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