Broccoli Rabe with Orecchietti: A Classic Pasta Dish that Leans Healthy and Hearty
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
  • 2 pounds of broccoli rabe
  • olive oil (enough to cover bottom of pan and more for adding in later)
  • 3-4 cloves thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup pecorino cheese grated, and more for serving at table
  • 1 pound pasta
  • salt and pepper
  1. Rinse and trim stems up to leafy area. Discard bottom inch of stem.
  2. You can maintain stems, by cutting them in 2 inch pieces and cooking a little earlier. I usually don’t keep stems.
  3. Submerge in large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Place in ice bath to keep green color, while preparing next step.
  4. Boil pasta according to directions holding back the last three minutes.
  5. Slice saute garlic in olive oil in large frying pan (large enough to hold pasta.
  6. Add in pepper flakes and lemon juice. Add in Broccoli.
  7. Toss pasta into pan. Add more olive oil as necessary.
  8. Toss with pecorino cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve immediately with more cheese and red pepper flakes at the table.
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