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Orecchiette with broccoli rabe (orecchiette alle cime di rapa)

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - enjoy

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! 😀

What do you think about it? Leave me a comment, drop me an email of interact with me on Twitter!

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!

And if you like this recipe… PIN IT! 🙂

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

If you have relatives from Puglia or ever visited that amazing Italian region, you must love orecchiette with broccoli rabe. Here the recipe from a dear friend of mine from Lecce! Enjoy
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Primo
Cuisine: Italian, Pugliese, Regional
Keyword: Basic, Mediterranean, Puglia, Regional, Traditional, Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $2


  • 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.
    Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - broccoli rabe cleaning
  • 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.
    Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - broccoli rabe boiling
  • Use the same water to cook the orecchiette. Usually it will take about 10 minutes. Drain them "al dente"…
    Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - orecchiette boiling
  • … 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….
    Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - sauce
  • … 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!
    Orecchiette with broccoli rabe - mixing

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..

Buon appetito!

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