Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
By :Instant Pot Italian by Ivy Manning
Print Recipe
Orecchio means “ear” in Italian, a nod to the concave shape of this round pasta. Orecchiette serve as perfect little catcher’s mitts for this easy, zesty sauce of garlic, anchovies, and peppery broccoli rabe (also known as broccoli raab or rapini). If you’re not a fan of the bitterness of rabe, substitute broccolini or broccoli. Crème fraîche is stirred into the pasta at the end of cooking to make a tantalizingly creamy sauce with just the right tang.
Votes: 10
Rating: 4.7
Rate this recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Anchovies, Broccoli, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 Anchovies
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta dry, uncooked
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth homemade or low-sodium store-bought
  • 1 pinch red chile flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces broccoli rabe or broccolini, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Anchovies, Broccoli, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 Anchovies
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta dry, uncooked
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth homemade or low-sodium store-bought
  • 1 pinch red chile flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces broccoli rabe or broccolini, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
Votes: 10
Rating: 4.7
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Put the oil in the pot, select SAUTÉ, and adjust to Normal/Medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallot, garlic, and anchovies and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is tender and the garlic is fragrant but not browned, 3 minutes. Press Cancel.
  2. Add the pasta, broth, red chili flakes, 1 cup cold water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and several grinds of black pepper and stir so the pasta is mostly submerged. Place the broccoli rabe on top of the pasta mixture, but do not stir.
  3. Lock on the lid, select the Pressure Cook function, and adjust to Low pressure for 5 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position and that the “Keep Warm” button is off.
  4. When the cooking time is up, quick-release the pressure. Remove the lid, add the crème fraîche and cheese, and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and let stand for 5 minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
Recipe Notes

The following recipes are excerpted from INSTANT POT® ITALIAN © 2018 by Ivy Manning. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

7 replies
  1. Ukguy76
    Ukguy76 says:

    Delicious. Super easy to make. Next time I’ll cook the pasta for one more minute- just for personal preference.

  2. Soniapet66
    Soniapet66 says:

    Omg thank you so much, this was an absolutely ASTOUNDING tecupe! So easy to make, so delicious! Very light, flavorful and filling!!!!! BRAVO!!!

  3. Trkaren
    Trkaren says:

    Very easy with good directions. Made it with spinach & sour cream because that’s what I had. Delicious and pasta was al dente.

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *