Orecchiette with Broccoli in Garlic Oil

This simple pasta dish offers a nice way to get kids to eat broccoli.

Yield: 4 servings
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  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 (12-oz.) package orecchiette pasta (about 4 cups) or other small shaped pasta
  • 1 (12-oz.) package fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Stir 1 Tbsp. salt and pasta into 3 qt. boiling water in a Dutch oven. Cook 3 minutes less than package directions state. Stir in broccoli florets; cook 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, and broccoli is crisp-tender. Drain and return pasta and broccoli to Dutch oven.
  2. While pasta cooks, combine olive oil and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat 6 minutes or until garlic is golden, stirring often. Remove from heat. Add garlic oil and parsley to pasta, and toss well. Serve hot.
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