18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Orecchiette pasta is combined with broccoli, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese, then broiled until crisp and golden. Great comfort food!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat your oven's broiler. Lightly butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, cook for 8 minutes, then stir in broccoli, and cook 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.

  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and stir in the garlic. Cook and stir until the garlic has turned golden-brown, about 3 minutes. Pour in white balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then pour over the drained pasta and broccoli. Stir in the butter, pine nuts, and half of the Parmesan cheese, then pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  • Broil in preheated oven until the cheese has crisped and turned golden brown, about 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

797 calories; 36.5 g total fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 615 mg sodium. 94.3 g carbohydrates; 27.5 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2009
This was good. I had reservations because I thought there wouldn't be much flavor. I tried putting in less butter but ended up going with the whole amount. I used garlic/parsley flavored pasta and followed another reviewer's suggestion of adding a squeeze of lemon at the end. Because I probably used too much pasta I had to add more chicken broth as well. All in all this was a great meal as long as you use high quality ingredients. (I also used regular balsamic vinegar which turned out fine.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/09/2009
This was not very good. I thought it sounded delicious but when i actually made it i was sorely disappointed. It was very bland and didn't have a whole lot of content. I ended up having to add a lot to make it taste good. Also as a side note - the portions are very large. Read More
(3)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2009
This was good. I had reservations because I thought there wouldn't be much flavor. I tried putting in less butter but ended up going with the whole amount. I used garlic/parsley flavored pasta and followed another reviewer's suggestion of adding a squeeze of lemon at the end. Because I probably used too much pasta I had to add more chicken broth as well. All in all this was a great meal as long as you use high quality ingredients. (I also used regular balsamic vinegar which turned out fine.) Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2008
This meal made me so happy! I really loved it in its simplicity. I added a squeeze of lemon juice and stayed to the recipe other than that. I do think more broccoli and more pine nuts would improve the ratio. My man thought some crushed red pepper would do well too. Excellent. I hope you get many positive ratings for this! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2009
Very tasty! We liked it an might try adding sun dried tomatoes next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
When I found this recipe when I was hunting for something to make with what I had in the cupboard. I also added chicken as well as used regular balsamic. It turned out great! My entire family loved it and we will definitely make it again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
04/09/2009
This was not very good. I thought it sounded delicious but when i actually made it i was sorely disappointed. It was very bland and didn't have a whole lot of content. I ended up having to add a lot to make it taste good. Also as a side note - the portions are very large. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2008
I loved this pasta. I used regular balsamic vinegar and shredded parmesan cheese instead. Skipped the "crisping" step but it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2009
This was a great family meal. I added chicken that I seasoned and sauteed. It was delicious and I make it once a week and my kids love it including the broccoli. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2010
Awesome recipe. I did not add the broccoli or the pine nuts. I added can chicken red wine vinegar and a couple pinches of dill weed. Cooked it all in the pot. Just sprinkled Parmesan and put the lid on the casserole and it all steamed together. I didn't even put it in the oven because I couldn't wait to eat it.!Scrumptious!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2007
Pretty good. A liile dry and it needs some meat maybe chicken. Read More
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