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Little Ears with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage

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Orecchiette (oh-reck-ee-ET-tay) means “little ears” in Italian, and that’s exactly what they look like. These bitty beauties are tiny little vessels for all of your culinary creations, cradling sauces and catching the bits in any dish. This is an East Coast inspired recipe sure to impress any Italian, even a legit Italian that uses words like mootz (for mozzarella) and proshoot (for prosciutto). And if you’re uncertain of the correct pronunciation of orecchiette, we give you permission to just say “little ears,” as not to embarrass yourself in front of your Italian friends.


  • 8 ounces orecchiette pasta (little ears)
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili
  • 1 stalk broccoli (1 stem and and 1/2 the florets of broccoli)
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • salt (staple)
  • olive oil (staple)
  • balsamic vinegar (staple)
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    1. Pot and pan prep - Place a medium pot over medium high heat and fill most of the way with hot water. Salt the water and bring to a boil. Once your water boils, toss in your pasta. Cook the pasta 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick together. Now grab a large pan, place over medium heat, and drizzle with olive oil.
    2. Start the sauce - Add your ground chicken sausage to the large pan with hot oil. While that’s cooking, grab your mortar and pestle. Combine your garlic cloves, fennel seed and chili and mash into a paste. Add your paste to the chicken sausage and add a pinch of salt. Break up the sausage in the pan and allow it to brown.
    3. Cut stuff - Cut the stem off your head of broccoli, don't toss it, we’re using the whole thing! Thinly slice the stem into matchstick size pieces and add them to the chicken sausage. Now chop the florets into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Using a vegetable peeler, shave shingles of parm onto your cutting board and set aside. Next, slice your onion into very thin strips and add them to your chicken sausage. Once your sausage is browned, add the broccoli florets to the pan too. Season with a big pinch of salt and continue to cook.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium80% DV1920mg
    Fat71% DV46g
    Protein92% DV47g
    Carbs33% DV99g
    Fiber32% DV8g
    Calories1000Calories from Fat410
    Total Fat46g71%
    Saturated Fat13g65%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat410
    Total Carbohydrate99g33%
    Dietary Fiber8g32%
    Vitamin A25%
    Vitamin C120%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.