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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

If your skillet isn't large enough to accommodate both the broccoli rabe mixture and the pasta, you can toss them together in a large bowl instead.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 25 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli rabe, rinsed, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 anchovy fillets (optional)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Cook's Note

When choosing broccoli rabe, look for bright-green leaves and small florets with no yellow spots. The stalks are also edible; just trim the tough ends.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt generously. Add broccoli rabe. Cook until leaves are wilted, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli rabe to colander; drain well.

  2. Step 2

    Return water to a boil, and add pasta; cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, 30 seconds, being careful not to brown. Add anchovy fillets, if using, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broccoli rabe; cook until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Add pasta to broccoli rabe mixture; toss to combine, adding reserved cooking water as desired. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve with Parmesan and lemon wedges.

Source
Everyday Food, May/June 2003

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Reviews (3)

  • lupieslupe 4 Jan, 2011

    what do you mean you substituted shrimp for chicken sausage? there isn't any meat used in this dish.

  • 60min 9 Mar, 2010

    Easy to make, economical and lots of flavor!

  • LizaBrownie 1 Feb, 2009

    This is a delicious and simple recipe. The second time I made it, I substituted shrimp for chicken sausage and it turned out even better!