Instant Pot Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

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recipe by Ivy Manning

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Orecchio means “ear” in Italian, a nod to the concave shape of this round pasta. Orecchiette serve as perfect little catcher’s mitts for this easy, zesty sauce of garlic, anchovies, and peppery broccoli rabe (also known as broccoli raab or rapini). If you’re not a fan of the bitterness of rabe, substitute broccolini or broccoli. Crème fraîche is stirred into the pasta at the end of cooking to make a tantalizingly creamy sauce with just the right tang. The following recipes are excerpted from INSTANT POT® ITALIAN © 2018 by Ivy Manning. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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recipe updated Feb 4, 2020


  • Shallot icon
    1 (42g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Water icon
    1 cup (240ml)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Anchovies icon
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    3 cups (747g)
  • Chili flakes icon
    Chili flakes
    1 pinch
  • Salt icon
    about ½ tsp (3g)
  • Orecchiette pasta icon
    Orecchiette pasta
    2 cups
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    as needed
  • Tenderstem broccoli icon
    Tenderstem broccoli
    1 cup
  • Pecorino cheese icon
    Pecorino cheese
    about ½ cup (76g)
  • Crème fraîche icon
    Crème fraîche
    about ½ cup (120g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed


  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Add olive oil to the inner pot
  2. Heat until hot - Sauté, Normal
  3. Then add anchovies, shallot and garlic clove to the inner pot
  4. Cook until fragrant while stirring occasionally - approx 3 min
  5. Cancel - Sauté
  6. Then stir chicken broth, chili flakes, water, salt, orecchiette pasta and black pepper into the inner pot
  7. Add tenderstem broccoli to the inner pot
  8. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  9. Pressure cook - Manual, Low, 5 min
  10. Cancel - Keep warm
  11. Quick release
  12. Stir pecorino cheese and crème fraîche into the inner pot
  13. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  14. Transfer content of inner pot to large serving bowl
  15. Let rest until thickened - 5 min
  16. Serve
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