Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Total:
40 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chile pepper, cut in half
  • 8 (1-inch) slices day-old Italian peasant bread, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Salt
  • Grated Parmesan, for garnish

Directions

Bring 8 quarts water to a rolling boil and add 2 tablespoons salt.

Add the broccoli and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, reserve the cooking liquid and set aside.

In a 12-inch saucepan, heat the olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic and chile pepper halves and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 5 minutes.

While the garlic and pepper cook, cut the drained broccoli into small florets, about 1/2-inch each. Add the bread to the pan with a few ladles of reserved broccoli water. Then add the broccoli, season with salt and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Garnish with extra-virgin olive oil and grated Parmesan. Serve very hot.

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