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    Orecchiette With Cannellini and Broccoli

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    35 mins

    10 mins

    25 mins

    John J. O'Sullivan?'s Note:

    This is a winner recipe for Fridays, when meat is not on the menu most of the year. I found it on, although it was originally printed in the March 2003 issue of Bon Appetit.

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add garlic and crushed red pepper; stir 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes with juices and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; boil gently until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Stir in beans and basil. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, cook orecchiette pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add broccoli florets; cook until pasta is just tender but still firm to bite and broccoli florets are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes longer.
    5. 5
      Ladle out 1/2 cup pasta cooking water and reserve. Drain orecchiette and broccoli florets; return to pot.
    6. 6
      Add tomato sauce and reserved pasta cooking water to pasta and toss to blend. Season to taste with salt and peppper.
    7. 7
      Sprinkle with cheese to taste and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 15, 2012


      This tastes like pure comfort food to me and like something my Italian grandmother used to make. I had a lovely can of diced San Marzano tomatoes and made this exactly as posted, except I used 16 oz. of pasta, which worked out great. I would think only 8 oz. would be a little "soupy". This took no time at all, and was delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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    • on May 10, 2009


      Really delicious. I liked that the veggies added some bulk, rather than using a lot of pasta. I think this would also be good at room temperature as a pasta salad.

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    • on January 28, 2008


      Easy and yummy, thanks for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Orecchiette With Cannellini and Broccoli

    Serving Size: 1 (549 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 496.0
    Calories from Fat 87
    Total Fat 9.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 3.3 mg
    Sodium 383.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 84.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.7 g
    Sugars 8.3 g
    Protein 22.3 g

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