Orecchiette with Broccoli, Garlic, Lemon, & Pecorino
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So, last night I invited my friend Jim Cantiello over for dinner. A successful TV producer, I wanted to pick his brain about developing a cooking show for YouTube. Turns out that’s hard work! So after talking nuts and bolts, I boiled some orecchiette for dinner (which he brought because I forgot to buy a box… d’oh) along with broccoli, garlic, red chili flakes, lemon, and Pecorino and, man oh man, was it good. Let me tell you how I made it.
The Recipe: Orecchiette with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino
This is such a great weeknight recipe because it seems kind of fancy, but it’s really easy to do. Plus: I don’t have kids, but if I did have kids, this might be a nice way to get them to eat broccoli. (Do I sound like Jessica Seinfeld?) Everything gets coated in the garlic-and-chili infused oil, and then the Pecorino and lemon zest take everything over-the-top.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
6 to 8 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 to 3 anchovies (optional; I left them out because Jim doesn’t like fish, but they add some more umami)
A big pinch of red chili flakes (more if you like it spicy), plus more for sprinkling
3 heads of broccoli, stems discarded* (save them for soup!), florets cut into small pieces about the same size as an orecchiette); you should wind up with about 3 to 4 cups of florets [* note: you can thinly slice the stems and use them here too, I just don’t think it looks as pretty]
16-ounce box of orecchiette (I like De Cecco)
Zest and juice of one lemon (Meyer lemon, if you can find it)
1/2 cup grated Pecorino, plus more for serving (Parmesan works here too)