Orecchiette With Cannellini and Broccoli

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  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. Stir in beans and basil. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  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. Ladle out 1/2 cup pasta cooking water and reserve. Drain orecchiette and broccoli florets; return to pot.
  6. Add tomato sauce and reserved pasta cooking water to pasta and toss to blend. Season to taste with salt and peppper.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese to taste and serve.


Most Helpful

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.

JackieOhNo! February 15, 2012

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.

whifflellama May 10, 2009

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