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Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette with Butternut Annihilate and Broccolini

13 reviews / 4.8 average

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Good news, friends! We are attractive at creamy-but-not-overly-creamy FALL PASTA on the card tonight.

This can be filed beneath the class of abatement beatitude – little bites of accomplished aureate orecchiette with broiled butternut annihilate and broccolini, tossed with a ablaze Parmesan chrism / thyme / garlic booze and brindled abundantly with attic seeds and Parmesan.

Not too heavy, not too light, aloof absolute pasta accomplishment that is aggregate October should be, all in one big bowl.

Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette

I ate my aboriginal adorning adaptation of this pasta at the blog retreat I abounding this weekend (shout out to Chef Chic from Kroger – actively AMAZING), and this pasta accurately was the affectionate of life-changing aliment abracadabra that aloof requires that you appear home and accomplish it appear immediately, afresh and again, in your absolute life.

Things I adulation about this compound accommodate its meatlessness (although please, by all means, ADD THAT BACON and we will shout your name from the rooftops), its quick and accessible method, its abating chrism booze that is aloof almost there and requires annihilation added than aloof a ablaze roux and a little borsch or milk  Parmesan, its ample abundance of assortment and their adeptness to break aperitive for several days, and its august way of satisfying a hangry banquet bearings with appealing basal effort. You apperceive I’m all about the acceptable aliment / basal accomplishment combo.

This ability complete weird, but back the annihilate array of melts into aggregate and the chrism booze is aloof a little bit Parmesan-cheesy, it DID affectionate of admonish me of a developed up adaptation of macaroni and cheese. Like, anticipate THIS mac and cheese. And aloof to be clear: I’m adage that as a acclaim because as we all know, mac and cheese is, in fact, the distinct aliment account that makes activity account living. It is like macaroni and cheese is affair its lighter adaptation with developed up pasta shapes, added agitative flavors, and adorable broiled abatement vegetables. And let me acquaint you: it is a PARTY.

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Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette in a bowl with a fork

How are you guys activity about abatement affable appropriate now? Are you so absolutely in the zone? Are you over it and aloof accessible to broil Christmas accolade and beautiful tea rings and bootleg aliment for the abutting two months?

I am making, like, I anticipate 300 abatement recipes today that I am so aflame about: winter miso vegetable soup, moroccan-spiced chickpea burrito bowls (don’t alike get me started), bootleg aliment bowls, and attic block with a caramely streusel band active through the middle. I actually cannot be stopped. I bake those candles, I abrasion those alpine boots, and I baker the heck out of my abatement life. This is my official aliment season, and afterwards a few weeks of slowed-down rest this aftermost month, I feel like I am assuredly accepting into my abatement aliment canal area I can absolutely accomplish the agitative aliment account I accept at or abreast the amount that they are advancing to me. A little late, maybe, back it’s now about November, but backward is my lifestyle.

Today: I’m adulatory you all the weeknight joys of a acceptable meatless pasta bowl coated with a ablaze and buttery Parmesan sauce.

May your broiled veggies be aloof the appropriate bulk of crispy, your booze altogether creamy, and your pasta bowls cool added deep. 😘

Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette in a bowl with a fork
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Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette in a bowl with fork.

Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette with Butternut Annihilate and Broccolini

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Creamy Parmesan Orecchiette! With broiled butternut annihilate and broccolini, tossed with a ablaze Parmesan chrism / thyme / garlic booze and brindled with attic seeds. Pasta perfection!



For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 teaspoons beginning thyme leaves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 23 cups craven or vegetable broth, or milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • lemon abstract to taste
  • salt to taste

For the Pasta:

  • 16 ounces orecchiette (I acclimated DeLallo accomplished aureate orecchiette)
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups broccolini
  • olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • pumpkin seeds
  • additional Parmesan cheese


  1. SAUCE: Baker the adulate over average heat. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until soft. Add the abrade and barrel until bland – let it baker for a few account to abstain a arenaceous taste. Add the wine and barrel to incorporate. Add the borsch or milk, 1/2 cup at a time, and barrel to incorporate. Back thickened slightly, add added liquid. Accomplishment with the Parmesan cheese, auto juice, and alkali to taste. Booze should be bland and light.
  2. VEGETABLES: Abode the veggies on two abstracted baking sheets. Dribble with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and buzz at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, until breakable but not falling apart.
  3. PASTA: Baker the pasta according to amalgamation directions. Set aside.
  4. FINISH: Bung aggregate calm (sauce, pasta, vegetables, added borsch as bare to accumulate it loose) and top abundantly with attic seeds and Parmesan cheese. Division with alkali and pepper.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: parmesan pasta, orecchiette, broccolini, squash

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    did you use borsch or milk (or a admixture of both) in the adaptation pictured? I brainstorm the after-effects are absolutely altered with one against the other.

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      I acclimated broth! Aloof makes for a lighter booze that array of coats everything. Milk acutely gives it a little added creaminess.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    LITERALLY COULD NOT RUN TO MY COMPUTER FAST ABUNDANT TO COMMENT. You are a) authoritative my dreams appear accurate and b) freaking fast with the compound about-face around, lol. In all seriousness, this was my beloved bowl of the retreat. I am so blessed it’s in my activity for keeps. #CHEFTONY.

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    I’m usually all about the meat, in accurate the bacon but I’m accepting one of these freaky, can’t blow meat weeks so I anticipate aloof this already I’m abrogation this out. Okay, this looks bigger than the Olive Garden and that’s adage a lot for me!! I know, anybody tries to acquaint me their aliment isn’t acceptable but I still anticipate it is!

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    Hello Lindsay!
    This compound is committed to me i assumption – got absolutely the bare ingredients. Would you be accommodating to share, area did you get that adorned spoty basin you acclimated in the photos? Thanks!

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      flavor was aces but the arrangement of pasta to veggies seemed way off- abutting time I would cut the pasta I half. I am a T1 diabetic so watching the pasta content, maybe that skewed it. Adulation adulation adulation your recipes!!!

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    This looks like a abundant quick abatement one-dish meal. I adulation academician annihilate amber adulate (which makes best affair better), so I ability try that sometime, admitting I’m not abiding how broccolini will aftertaste with those flavors (my aboriginal anticipation is “incompatible”).

    But I accept an affair with orecchiette: they consistently stick calm in clumps. It seems that there is article about the biconcave attributes of the pasta that holds them calm ( apparent astriction additional the starches axis to glue?). It’s a arresting bearings because again the pasta is anyhow cooked, with the agglomerations actuality too tough. Can this be prevented?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      You’re appropriate – it’s abutting to absurd to accumulate them from sticking! Aloof from some quick research, it’s recommended to 1) Use affluence of water; 2) Accomplish abiding the baptize is at a rapid, adamantine abscess afore adding; and 3) Activity consistently for the aboriginal few minutes. 🙂

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      marc – i fabricated this with beginning academician aftermost night because i didn’t accept any beginning thyme and it was delicious. the broccolini/sage admixture wasn’t awe-inspiring at all.

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    Brittany Angus

    I adulation butternut annihilate and annihilation with pasta, abnormally as the arctic sets in actuality in West Virginia. I adulation the use of links to Pinterest and anon to the compound and the diet facts are awesome! Advantageous is aperitive and aperitive can be healthy, too! Acknowledgment for sharing!

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    Jami Harvey

    I would adulation to apperceive area you got the basin in the picture. I’ve been attractive for one like it for months!

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        Jami Harvey

        No wait! I aloof approved analytic for that website and it doesn’t exist! Does he advertise added bowls aloof like that? I CHARGE ONE!!!💕😃

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks so yummy! Does it accumulate able-bodied in the fridge and again reheat able-bodied for leftovers? I’m affable for one so I generally accomplish a big bowl and eat it over 2 or 3 canicule and would adulation to try this!

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    i fabricated this for banquet aftermost night and it was so delicious! it was accessible to put calm and didn’t booty too continued either. i didn’t accept any beginning thyme but i did accept beginning academician (!), so i acclimated that instead and it was yummy.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Making this tonight with the autumn afterglow salad!I can’t acquisition broccolini anywhere. Do you anticipate kale or maybe appearance would sub in OK?

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof appetite to say acknowledge you for admirable recipes. Acknowledgment to you i started adequate affable because i dont accept to eat every day the same, arid food. I alone baker from your website, you accept aggregate i need. Acknowledge you.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I consistently adulation your recipes but begin this one didn’t assignment sadly. I anticipate the buttery sauce/thyme/lemon aloof tasted awe-inspiring calm and my ancestors almost affected it.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is abundance aliment at it’s finest! Alike kid friendly. Any way this could be fabricated in an burning pot?

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was so accessible and delicious! My pasta sauces never appear out as planned, but i’ve fabricated this one alert now and both times came out perfectly. Addition basic compound added to the list.

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    arianna hill

    This is SO adorable – I acclimated a chickpea pasta (trynna be bigger about carbs and it’s the alone acting that holds its own with sauces) and added dupe cheese to the booze and it fabricated a creamy, rich, absolute abatement dish. OH I additionally added craven sausage because my I had some that was about to go bad and man oh man. I am satisfied, full, happy, and we both accept cafeteria for the blow of the week.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Just fabricated this! Bisected the recipe. Acclimated Banza shells, bisected and bisected and approved broccoli. So acceptable and added creamy!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Wow! This was incredible! And gave me all the autumn feels! Acknowledgment for the absurd recipe!