Orecchetti with Sprouting Broccoli, Kale & Chilli

Tenderstem broccoli is available from June to November. Its sweet and delicate flavor works flawlessly with the garlic and chili to create a refined taste to savor.

Ricotta salata is a delicious addition to this dish. It is a salted, pressed, and aged ricotta, with a much firmer texture to traditional ricotta and a similar flavor to feta. It is available in some supermarkets and Italian delis, but if you are struggling to find it, substitute pecorino or parmesan instead.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes 

COOKING TIME: 10 minutes 



7 oz tenderstem broccoli, ends trimmed

3.5 oz cavolo nero or kale, stems removed

14 oz orecchiette pasta

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely sliced

1 fresh red chili, finely chopped

1.25 oz ricotta salata, pecorino or parmesan cheese


Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Blanch the broccoli in a pan of boil salted water for 1-2 minutes until it is just cooked but still firm. Repeat this with the cavolo nero or kale. Set the vegetables aside.
  • Bring a large pot of boiling salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the orecchiette until al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the garlic and chili and sauté on low to medium heat, without adding any color.
  • Add the vegetables to the pan and toss through.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain well, reserving a few tablespoons of the starchy cooking water.
  • Add the pasta to the pan with the vegetable, garlic, and chili and mix through. Add a little of the starchy cooking water to loosen, if needed.
  • Serve with grated cheese, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for some extra heat.


Jane Clarke is a dietitian and Cordon Bleu chef with more than 30 years’ experience in the nutrition industry. She is the author of nine best-selling books, columnist, and regularly contributes on TV. She has worked with Jamie Oliver on several of his projects and now leads Nourish by Jane Clarke, which provides a solution to the problem of undernourishment and provides empowerment and inspiration to those who are facing a health challenge, such as cancer and dementia.


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