Orecchiette with Saffron, Chickpeas, and Roasted Broccoli

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This recipe from Barilla America uses saffron and chickpeas give the vegetarian pasta a Mediterranean profile. Make sure to roast the broccoli until browned for extra texture and flavor.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Toss the broccoli with 1/2 cup oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread onto a sheet pan and roast at 400 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat 1 tsp oil and saute 2 or 3 Tbsp onion until golden. Add a few slices of garlic and a small pinch of saffron. Saute 1 minute.

Step 4

Meanwhile, reheat 1 cup pasta in simmering water. Drain and add it to the onions with about 1/4 cup pasta water. Stir in 1/2 cup chickpeas and 1/2 cup broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Heat through and plate. Garnish with a generous 1 Tbsp. Parmesan.


  • 3 lb. Barilla Collezione Orecchiette
  • 2 1/2 lb. broccoli florets
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4.2 lb. canned chickpeas, drained
  • 4 tsp. saffron threads
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Chef Recommended Cuts
  • Cellentani / Cavatappi
  • Medium Shells
  • Orecchiette
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 404
Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg
Sodium 586mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 7g
Protein 15g

Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 74%
Calcium 13%
Iron 17%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.