If you are here, chances are that you have heard about the iconic pasta from Puglia, orecchiette with broccoli rabe (in Italian: orecchiette alle cime di rapa).
Usually here I would write about.. the origin of this incredible dish. And, of course, some tips for preparing it the authentic way. And I would close recommending you to enjoy it with a great red wine from Puglia, e.g. a primitivo.
But yesterday I saw this on Twitter… and it changed all! 😀
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By the way, here is your recipe 🙂 This time, I share a recipe from a friend of mine, she is from Lecce, so she is an authentic expert in this orecchiette with broccoli rabe. Enjoy!
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Orecchiette with broccoli rabe
- a pot
- a pan
- a wooden spoon
- 500 gr fresh orecchiette pasta
- 500 gr broccoli rabe aka rapini
- 1 garlic clove
- 2-3 anchovies
- 1 small red hot chili pepper
- q.s. EVO oil
- q.s. salt
- q.s. black pepper (optional)
- Wash the broccoli rabe and clean it, removing all the largest leaves and keeping the medium – small ones and the flowers.
- Put water in a pot, salt it and make it boil. When it's ready, drop the broccoli rabe and let it boil for 6-8 minutes. Drain it but don't waste the water.
- Use the same water to cook the orecchiette. Usually it will take about 10 minutes. Drain them "al dente"…
- … while the orecchiette are boiling, prepare the sauce. In a pan, warm the EVO oil, add the garlic clove, the anchovies and the red hot chili pepper. Gently mix and after 3-4 minutes….
- … drop the broccoli rabe, the orecchiette and some pasta water (half glass). At medium-high heat, mix the orecchiette until the pasta is ready, add some EVO oil and serve!
If you love vegetarian pasta, you may want to try other vegan-friendly recipes, like tagliatelle with chickpeas or an incredible soup from Tuscany, a ribollita! While, if you don’t want to move from Puglia, I can recommend another great pasta, this time from the city of Bari: spaghetti all’assassina (or killer spaghetti)… will it be dangerous? 😉 Hope to see you soon safe and..