Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

Orecchiette con cime di rape

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6
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Alicia Taylor

Cime di rape is a green leafy vegetable grown in Puglia in winter, also known throughout the world as broccoli rabe, rapini or turnip tops. It is packed with flavour and, as the vegetable cooks, it becomes creamy in texture. You will find cime di rape at local vegetable and farmers‘ markets as well as at Italian food providores. However, broccoli can be used as a substitute.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 large bunches cime di rape, washed
80ml olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 anchovy fillets in olive oil
1 small red chilli, (optional)
500g * red wine orecchiette [rid:27369], made using water instead of red wine, pasta only
100g toasted breadcrumbs, (see note)
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Method

  1. Discard the tough bottom part of the cime di rape and chop the rest roughly.
  2. Put the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat with the garlic, anchovies and chilli (if using). Cook, stirring, allowing the anchovies to soften, for about 5 minutes. Add the cime di rape and combine well. Season to taste and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the cime di rape has wilted.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette in boiling salted water until al dente.
  4. While the orecchiette is cooking, skim off about a ladleful of the white, starchy pasta water and add it to the cime di rape sauce, stirring to combine.
  5. Drain the pasta well and add it to the sauce in the pan and combine well. Transfer to a communal serving bowl, sprinkle with the toasted breadcrumbs and drizzle with some extra-virgin olive oil. Season to taste and serve.

Note

  • You can make your own breadcrumbs using bread that is a few days old. Cut it into small cubes, drizzle with olive oil and toast it in the oven at 180°C for 8 minutes.
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