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Herbed Pork Orecchiette

Herbed Pork Orecchiette

with Purple Sprouting, Chilli & Pesto

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If you were spending a weekend in Rome then you might come across this dish under its traditional name, ‘Orecchiette ai Broccoletti’. It’s a classic Italian dish combining a few simple, yet incredibly high quality ingredients for a quick, nutritious, delicious dinner. A plateful of nutritious deliciousness in the time it takes to boil your pasta!

Preparation Time15 minutes
Difficulty levelLevel 2
serving amount
serving amount

1 unit(s)

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

180 grams

Orecchiette pasta


1 tbsp

Pine Nuts

1 unit(s)

Pork and Oregano Sausage

(ContainsGluten, Sulphites)

¼ tsp

Chilli Flakes

3 tbsp

Basil Pesto

(ContainsEgg, Milk, Nuts)
Nutritional information/ per serving
Nutritional information
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)3313.728 kJ
Energy (kcal)792 kcal
Fat39.0 g
of which saturates10.0 g
Carbohydrate76 g
Boxes and ingredients are packed in facilities that handles Peanut, Nuts, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Milk, Egg, Mustard, Celery, Soya, Gluten and Sulphites.
Frying Pan

Boil a large pot of water for the pasta. Add ¼tsp of salt.

Chop the purple sprouting broccoli widthways into 3 pieces
Chop the purple sprouting broccoli widthways into 3 pieces

Chop the purple sprouting broccoli widthways into 3 pieces.


Cook the broccoli in the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove the broccoli from the water but keep the water for the pasta.


Cook the pasta in the water for 10 mins. Reserve 4 tbsp of the pasta water then drain.

Fry the pine nuts
Fry the pine nuts

Heat a frying pan on medium high heat. Add in the pine nuts and toast them for a few mins, then remove from the pan. Tip: Watch the nuts like a hawk as they can burn easily. Remove and keep to the side.

Cook the sausage meat
Cook the sausage meat

Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium high heat (you can use the same one you used for your pine nuts - no need to wash!). Once hot, cut open the sausage and cook the meat in the pan (discard the skins). Cook for around 5 mins until nicely browned off.


Add the broccoli and chilli flakes and cook for 2 mins. Tip:Add the chilli flakes slowly as they’re spicy! Season with ¼ tsp of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Add the pesto
Add the pesto

Add the 4 tbsp of reserved pasta water then add the pasta. Add the pesto and stir.


Serve with a sprinkle of pine nuts.