Broccoli & Cauliflower Orecchiette

Last night, MM and I had the pumas over for dinner. It’s a good feeling to end the weekend or start the week with good friends around a dinner table. Plus, we never usually have the opportunity to extend our table to its full capacity!

To split up the responsibilities and the cost, we gave each person a dish and covered all of the following: salad, protein, pasta, bread, dessert and wine. Sometimes, dinner doesn’t need to be as grand, but last night was our first time trying one of the puma’s meatball and sauce recipe. That called for a full complimentary menu. MM and I were in charge of the pasta and salad.

To go with the main entree of the evening – meatballs and sauce – we decided to go with a more mild pasta with vegetables. Broccoli & Cauliflower Orecchiette was the perfect call:

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
3 bushels of broccoli
3 cloves of garlic
1 Tablespoon of anchovy paste
1 box of orecciette
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 leaves of basil (chopped)
salt to taste

Recipe:
-boil broccoli and cauliflower in water till cooked
-remove broccoli and cauliflower but do not pout out the boiling water to keep for pasta
-heat garlic in olive oil till fragrant
-add anchovy paste and stir to release flavors
-add cooked broccoli and cauliflower to pan and mix
-add salt to taste
-smash the broccoli and cauliflower into small pieces to coat the orecciette as opposed to dominate in size
-add chopped basil and turn down heat
-boil water in pot again and add handful of salt
-add orecciette and cook until al dente
-add orecciette to sauce and turn up heat
-mix well to coat the pasta with the flavors
-serve with parmigiana, if desired

I plan on learning how to make the meatballs and sauce from my friend – so stay tuned!
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