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Chef Francesco is from Sardinia, a beautiful island in the South of Italy. He has a background in cooking, having spent 7 years as a Chef in Italy, Australia and London. He is now a Senior Teaching Chef for some of the top cookery schools in London.

For Chef Francesco, being Italian, Italian cuisine is his passion. He has a developed, rustic Italian cooking style based on memories from his childhood – cooking with his Nonna, working on the farm and fishing with his Granddad.

All of Chef Francesco’s recipes are original, traditional and based on the best ingredients.

Italian food is one of the most beloved cuisines in the world. But, you don't need to go out to eat or travel to Italy to eat the real deal anymore. Learn how to make the most authentic, rustic Italian food in your home with this masterclass from Italian chef, Francesco Mattana.

In this episode, Chef Francesco makes Orecchiette Con Cime Di Rapa, translated to orecchiette with broccoli leaf. Here, Francesco makes this with just broccoli as a substitute.

In this class you will learn to make pasta from scratch. This dough is so simple to make and you can simply let it dry on a wooden board for a few hours to produce the perfect "al dente" consistency. Al dente means firm when bitten.

By the end of this class you will be a confident pasta maker with more valuable knowledge on Italian cuisine. 


  • 250g of orecchiette

  • Salt
  • 150g of cime di rapa or tenderstem broccoli
  • 1 garlic "in camicia" (with a shirt – crushed with the skin on)
  • 1 dried chilli or a few slices of fresh medium spiced chilli
  • 2 anchovies
  • Olive oil
  • Breadcrumbs (toasted and crunchy)


  1. To make the broccoli sauce, add the chopped broccoli to boiling water.

  2. While the broccoli are cooking, add the anchovies, garlic and red chilli to a hot frying pan.
  3. Let them fry and then add the broccoli once it has cooked for about 3 minutes in the boiling water.
  4. Add salt to the boiling water where you cooked the broccoli and cook the orecchiette “al dente”!
  5. Add the pasta into the sauce and stir in to the broccoli sauce.
  6. Serve the dish with parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and pangrattato (breadcrumbs) on top.