Orecchiette with Sprouting Broccoli


Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

This is a famous Sicilian dish, which I learnt to love when we lived there.


  • lb orecchiette (little ears)
  • ¾ cup freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese (optional)


Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add salt, then the broccoli. Cook for about 3 minutes, boiling briskly. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and keep on one side. Keep the pan of water to cook the pasta later.

If using salted anchovies, soak them in cold water for about 20 minutes before using. Chop the anchovies, whether salted or canned.

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