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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

Fresh home-made orecchiette pasta and Broccoli-rabe, or 'cime di rapa', as called in the south of Italy, are a traditional must!

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Donna:

Having Apulian heritage, this pasta dish is absolutely a staple for me and my family, great recipe!

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This recipe is the plant-based version of a classic Italian pasta dish – orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. 

We adore broccoli rabe: vibrant and nourishing, it has a distinct bitter and peppery flavor, and it is amazing both with pasta and as a side dish.

Orecchiette are the pasta they are meant to go with, and they are unbelievably easy and fun to make, give it a try!

If you are looking for more pasta dressing for your orecchiette, check out our dressings and sauces recipes for seasonal and yummy inspiration.

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Ingredients

for 4 servings

Broccoli Rabe dressing Ingredients

  • Garlic Cloves 2
  • Broccoli rabe 1
  • Sun-dried tomatoes 12
  • Ricotta cheese (Sheep's Milk) as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
  • Salt as needed
  • Black Pepper as needed
  • Red Chili Flakes as needed

Simple Orecchiette Ingredients

  • Semola flour 250 grams
  • Water 125 grams
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 1 table-spoon

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Preparation

for 4 servings

Step

1

Of 4

Prepare the Dough

Place semola flour into classic well shape on a clean kitchen surface.

Slowly add water to the well in the center, and  using a fork, gently incorporate the flour into the center, in a circular motion.

When all the water is incorporated, add  the olive oil, and continue mixing and blending the dough with your hands.

Once liquid has been incorporated, knead  dough gently with fingertips (not heel of the hand) to control the kneading process somewhat better.

The dough  should reach a smooth, elastic appearance. Shape into a ball, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest  15 minutes.

Step

2

Of 4

Make the Orecchiette

Once the dough has rested sufficiently, and gained a very elastic consistency, remove medium-sized pieces of dough  from the larger ball.

Form each piece into logs that aren't too thin. Once formed into logs, cut each piece into pieces  approximately 1cm wide, and using a blunted kitchen knife, drag the piece of pasta across your kitchen surface in  order to give it the classic rounded shell-shape of the orecchiette pasta.

With your free hand, hold on to each pasta  piece as you're forming the shell-shape, and once it has the initial shape, place each piece onto your thumb and fold  the edges back for the final orecchiette shape. 

Step

3

Of 4

Prepare Broccoli Rabe Dressing

Carefully remove the leaves from the central stem and be especially careful not to damage the  individual broccoli flowers. Discard the stems and wash the leaves and flowers under running  cold water. Boil water in a large soup pot. 

In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil, anchovy fillets, garlic and hot pepper flakes. Allow to sauté  gently while trying to dissolve the anchovy fillets with a fork, turn heat off. Once water begins  boiling, salt the water and add the rabe. Allow to cook for 10 minutes, add the orecchiette and  cook for 5-7 minutes.  

Reheat the oil over medium-low heat, but remove the garlic clove.


 

Step

4

Of 4

Complete the Dish

As soon as you drain your pasta and rabe, place into the sauté pan with the oil and anchovies, and allow to cook for 2  minutes (to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce properly).

Serve hot.

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Reviews

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Donna Sunday 6th of June 2021

Cime di rapa, a must for every pasta lover!

Having Apulian heritage, this pasta dish is absolutely a staple for me and my family, great recipe!

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