Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli

Yields 2 servings



  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until garlic is golden, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli and 1/4 cup water; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook until broccoli begins to soften, about 8 minutes.
  4. Uncover and continue to cook until water has evaporated and broccoli is crisp-tender, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta and 1/4 cup Parmesan and enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats the pasta.
  6. Serve sprinkled with remaining Parmesan.

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