Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Just an Ordinary Tuesday Lunch: Broccoli Pesto Orecchiette

I have lunch at the office with the 'in the office luncher crew'! Yes we consider ourselves a crew against those who eat out. And basically we vow that we always eat better, nicer and waaaaay cheaper than the rest of our colleagues.... maybe we should make tshirts to represent ourselves!

Anyways as 'brava ragazza' (= good girl) living and adapting herself in Italy, it means adopting Italian cuisine and eating habits too. Not to unpleasant to do, but quite hard to accomplish as Italian food may seem easy, it actually is quite hard to make because they have like a million gazzillion rules and idiotic guidelines. Pasta and meat together on one plate is for example a BIG FAT NO NO!!!! :(
Pasta and vegetables are a good and allowed combo, so here we go....


  • 250 gr Orecchiette 
  • 200 gr Broccoli
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pinenuts
  • 4 tablespoons Pecorino Cheese grated
How to make it:
Cook the broccoli.
Bring a pan of water with a fist of salt to a boil.
To make the pesto: put broccoli, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, pinenuts, pecorino cheese in a blender and BLEND until smooth. Taste and add whatever ingredient you feel is missing.
Cook the pasta according the package. Drain.
Mix with pesto.
Sprinkle some fresh Pecorino over you dish and voila: real southern Italian Orecchiette.
Broccoli Pesto Orecchiette
Outcome: My eating-out lunching colleagues were jealous! 
What do you like to have for lunch???
Buon Appetito
Chef Steph


  1. Pesto is SO good. My favorite time to have it is in the summer when we can pull ingredients from the garden, whip them up, and serve it in a cold pasta salad :) My favorite lunch? Really boring, probably, but a sandwich or salad...and I'm with you on the not eating out for lunch!!

  2. ouh nice! wish i had a garden to pull them out of! cold pasta salad is so good as well! hmmm I feel a cold pasta salad lunch coming up soon! :)

  3. oooh! that's a really neat recipe.

  4. wish my page had an 'i like' button like facebook now! I would have 'thumbs upped' your post! ;)