Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes

Prep: 25 mins Total Time: 25 mins Servings: 6


  • 7 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling

  • 1 ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • Coarse salt

  • 4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry

  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 2 Tbsp salt-packed capers, rinsed and chopped

  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ rounded teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 1 lb broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 lb fresh orecchiette


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer breadcrumbs to a plate.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in pan over medium heat. Add anchovies, and stir until they dissolve into oil, about 1 minute. Add garlic and capers, and cook until garlic is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, red-pepper flakes, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Raise heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes begin to break down, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe and pasta to pot, and cook until pasta is al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water, and drain pasta and broccoli rabe.

  4. Add pasta, broccoli rabe, and reserved pasta water to tomato mixture in pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring gently, until combined and pasta water thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, and top with breadcrumbs.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2012

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