Orecchiette With Pork And Broccoli

Orecchiette with pork and broccoli

I'm never at a loss for inspiration when it comes to cooking and baking. Besides reading and editing recipes all day every day at work and reading numerous food blogs, I subscribe to a whole bunch of food sites so I'm constantly bombarded with emails from them with new recipes to try. The other day I got one of these emails from Real Simple; it featured a quick and easy recipe for pasta with turkey and broccoli. Something about the picture sucked me in, and pretty soon I was tweaking the recipe in my head and making a mental shopping list.

The dish looked like it could end up being a little dry (there was only oil used to moisten it), so I figured some crushed tomatoes would fix that (and enable me to cut some of the oil). I also wanted to add another veggie and chose to throw in an orange bell pepper. I haven't gotten Jeff into ground turkey yet, so I swapped in some ground pork instead. For extra flavor, I added an onion. In the end we had a pasta dish that was still quick and easy to make but turned up a notch with lots of veggies and flavor.

Orecchiette with pork and broccoli

Orecchiette With Pork And Broccoli (adapted from Real Simple)


1 pound orecchiette
1 (14.5-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
1/2 pound broccoli crowns, cut in florets
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, cut in strips, then in thirds
1 pound ground pork
1 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes
Shaved Parmesan, for serving


Cook orecchiette according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Stir in crushed tomatoes, and set aside.

Steam broccoli for about 3 minutes. (You can also throw the broccoli in with the pasta during the last minute of cooking. I preferred steaming the broccoli so I could be sure it would stay crisp.) Set broccoli aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook for 1 minute. Add bell pepper, and cook for 1 additional minute. Add pork and cook, breaking up with a spoon, for 3 minutes, then stir in garlic. Continue cooking until pork is no longer pink. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.

Transfer orecchiette to a large bowl, and toss with pork mixture and broccoli.

Orecchiette with pork and broccoli

Serve with Parmesan and season with salt to taste.

Orecchiette with pork and broccoli

Where do you get your recipe inspiration?


Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

There is something about orecchiette that I just love! It suits almost any sauce and flavors, I think. This version looks great (and perhaps even better, it's Jeff friendly!)

FunandFearlessinBeantown said...

This dish looks simple, hearty and healthy - perfect for a weeknight dinner!

Meghan M. said...

I like reading cook books to get ideas and then changing them up. This looks nice and healthy.

Daisy said...

I love orecchiette, great dish!

Bianca Garcia said...

I love how cute orecchiette looks! And I would love this dish too, with all the flavors that it has.

Shannon said...

mostly blogs, but there's always my bon appetit or restaurants ;)

Georgia The Comfort of Cooking said...

I saw this in Real Simple and have been wanting to try it! Looks delicious, Megan. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

I have so much catching up to do on your blog, but for now..I just want to gawk and drool over this delicious Orrechiette with pork and broccoli..it kind of gives off an Asian-Italian fusion vibe, which I love. Your photos are simply mouth-watering. BTW, have you ever made orrechiette from scratch? So much fun...just pull bits of dough with a finger across the board..instant ear!

Michelle Collins said...

Recently, I've been getting a lot of recipe inspiration from Pinterest!

Colleen said...

I've been reading so many blogs, cookbooks, and magazines lately - I'm also on inspiration overload! I love how you made this dish so healthy with the bell pepper and broccoli. Looks great!

meesh said...

when that first pic popped up on the screen in my google reader, I said "OH HAY" outloud. that is all

Joanne said...

Real Simple has some great quick and easy pasta recipes but I love how you doctored this one up!

Reeni said...

This is just my kind of pasta! It has meat, veggies and LOTS of flavor! I get inspiration from all the same places as you! Magazine, e-mails, pinterest, restaurants, other bloggers and my family.

Simply Life said...

orecchiette is my favorite noodle! I love it in basically anything :)

natalie (thesweetslife) said...

this is one pasta shape i don't think i've ever tried!! must get on that!

Elizabeth said...

I love how your adaptations are so well though out. Looks tasty!

beantownbaker said...

I love quick and easy meals. Your adaptations sound like great choices!