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Orecchiette Pasta Bari-style "alla Barese"

48 Reviews
85% would make this recipe again

Ear-shaped pasta with a spicy broccoli, anchovy, and garlic sauce.

«Orecchiette» are Apulia's (Southeastern Italian Region) proudest hand-made pastas. Also called «strascinate», from the Italian verb «to drag», because they used to be dragged with the thumb on a cutting board to obtain their characteristic ear-like shape.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 15 min
420 calories/serving
  • Very easy
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly
  • Heart-healthy

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups broccoli, cut into florets 320 g
160 g orecchiette 1 2/3 cup
4 tsp olive oil 20 mL
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
2 1/2 anchovy fillets, chopped 10 g
2/3 dried chili peppers, minced 0.4 g
6 mini-tomatoes (cherry, miniature or grape), cut in half 7 tbsp
2 tbsp Romano cheese, grated 6 g
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.

Method

  1. Prepare the broccoli: clean and cut off the florets. Peel off any though skin of the stalks and cut them into small pieces. Blanch and drain the broccoli, then set aside, but keep them warm.
  2. To save time, the rest of the sauce preparation and pasta cooking can be done at the same time. Cook the pasta.
  3. In the meantime, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Gently sauté the minced or pressed garlic 1-2 min, with stirring, until soft taking care not to let it burn. Chop the anchovies, then add them to the skillet with stirring. Cook 2 min until they have broken apart and "melted". Stir in the minced chili pepper then add the mini-tomatoes cut in half and the drained broccoli.
  4. Pour the drained pasta into the pan and mix with the seasoned broccoli. Adjust the seasoning, add the grated romano(*), then serve in the warmed dishes.

Remarks

(*) This is one of the few exceptions to the general rule of not adding cheese to a fish sauce.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (340g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

420

Fat

10 g

15 %

Saturated 1.7 g
+ Trans 0 g

9 %

Cholesterol

10 mg

Sodium

470 mg

19 %

Carbohydrate

68 g

23 %

Fibre

6 g

24 %

Sugars

3 g

Protein

15 g

Vitamin A

26 %

Vitamin C

149 %

Calcium

10 %

Iron

15 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 ¼ servings
Grain Products : 2 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low  :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2
Good source of  :
Fibre, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Zinc
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K
Diet-related health claims  :
Heart-healthy

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 4
Vegetables 1
Meat and Alternatives ½
Fats 1 ½

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48 Reviews (43 with rating only ) 85% would make this recipe again
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Asaikate
june 07, 2012 | I would make this recipe again

Fast. Easy. Good flavour.....although I might use a bit less pasta next time. But most impressive, the kids loved it!

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lvb22
june 11, 2011

didn't have enough sauce, and the garlic burned on me.

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MilkyDay
june 10, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Colourful, healthy and very good. All the family loves it.

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annickggauthier
june 09, 2009

Quite boring.

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marretjeca
february 04, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

very tasty, very fast

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annickggauthier
june 09, 2009

Quite boring.

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Asaikate
june 07, 2012 | I would make this recipe again

Fast. Easy. Good flavour.....although I might use a bit less pasta next time. But most impressive, the kids loved it!

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lvb22
june 11, 2011

didn't have enough sauce, and the garlic burned on me.

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