*Orecchiette with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe)
Orecchiette with Rapini is a traditional recipe of the Puglia region.
- 1.1 lbs. orecchiette pasta
- 1tsp. coarse sea salt
- 1.5 lbs. of rapini, a.k.a broccoli rabe
- 4 anchovies, chopped
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper or our Bomba di Calabria
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup of good extra virgin olive oil
Clean the rapini and remove some of the leaves and rough stems. Bring a large pot of water with the coarse sea salt to a boil. Add the orecchiette and stir occasionally. After five minutes add the rapini in the same pot with the boiling pasta. Set aside about a 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water to add to the dish later. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, saute the garlic in the olive oil with the hot peppers and anchovies. Remove the garlic before it browns and take sauce off flame. When the orecchiette are done, drain the pasta and saute briefly together with the sauce in the pan. Add the reserved pasta water a tbsp. at a time to achieve desired consistency. Serve immediately.