Hearty Broccoli and Orecchiette Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Hearty Broccoli and Orecchiette


A classic Italian combination is filled out with mushrooms and spicy soy sausage for a hearty main dish.

  • 4Servings


  • 1 cup orecchiette pasta
  • 6 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 Soyrizo sausage (6 oz.), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente in large pot of boiling, salted water; add broccoli 3 minutes before end of cooking time. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water; drain pasta and broccoli, and set aside.

2. Wipe out pot, add oil, and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and Soyrizo, and cook 7 to 10 minutes, or until mushrooms are browned. Stir in garlic, and cook 30 seconds. Return pasta, broccoli, and reserved pasta-cooking water to pot, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 292
  • Carbohydrate Content: 31 g
  • Fat Content: 15 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 446 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g