Legendary Dishes | Spaghetti con i Broccoli (pasta with broccoli)


This simply made broccoli sauce can be accompanied by several different types of pasta even if it is associated with orecchiette, the ear shaped pasta.

The broccoli sauce that goes with orecchiette contains anchovies and garlic but here it is onions and with a dressing of cheese to give the dish some flavour.

Therefore this is a dish for children and youths.

  • 750 g broccoli
  • 500 g spaghetti
  • 300 g onions, chopped small
  • 100 g pecorino, grated
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 5 g black pepper
  • 5 g salt

Boil broccoli whole in sufficient salted water to cover the stalks, about 15 minutes.

Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon, peel the stalk and cut into small dice. Retain water.

Sauté onion in olive oil until soft.

Add broccoli and six tablespoons of cooking water. Mash the broccoli with a fork. Cover and lower heat.

Meanwhile cook the pasta, drain and serve with the broccoli sauce. Dress with black pepper and pecorino.