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Buca di Beppo Orecchiette Pugliesi



  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1 x 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
  • 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced and blanched
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the chicken and sauté until brown. Add broccoli, zucchini and salt; cook until tender and brown, about five minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot of boiling water cook the orecchiette until al dente. Prior to draining the pasta, take 1/4 cup of the hot water and add it to the sauce along with the tomato. Drain the pasta very well.
  4. Place the pasta back into the pot and the sauce and the cheese. Toss very well, until the sauce is completely incorporated.
  5. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Source: Executive Chef Vittorio Renda, Buca di Beppo


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