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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Orecchiette & Rappini


Orecchiette with rappini, I saw this recipe on Saveur magazine and loved it immediately. Also called broccoli rabe, rappi, friarelli, broccoletti or broccoli di rape in Napoli. It is a common vegetable in the south of Italy, northwest of Spain and China. I thought it was part of the broccoli family but no its related to turnips.


Orecchitte, Rapini, garlic, lemon, red chile flakes, salt and olive oil.


I am doing my mini project a jardin parisien at my kitchen balcony so I could have my petit-déjeuner with a view,  this time I had the orecchitte with a glass of wine for lunch and I guess with all of you who are reading this.


The flavor is a bit bitter but the lemon peel gives an intensive aroma, the red chile flakes and the garlic are the perfect blend to the dish.

Ingredients:
1 box of Orecchiette pasta
1 bunch of rapini
6 garlic cloves crushed
1 teaspoon of red chile flakes
1 lemon zest
Olive oil

I boiled the rapini for about 3 to 4 minutes and transferred them to a bowl of cool ice water, drained them and set them aside. (this will help them crispy). In a saute pan with olive oil add the garlic and cook until golden incorporating the chile flakes and rapini already chopped. Add the lemon zest, season with salt and toss with the pasta already cooked al dente.

I added a topping of toasted pignoli and shaved pecorino cheese, in the original recipe they added a dollop of goat cheese, in all cases it's always delicious. Even without cheese it tastes great!

12 comments:

BestOodles said...

What a great view you got there Lola! The view + Orecchiette & Rappini for dinner . . . complete my day!

decocinasytacones said...

I love your kitchen balcony. I also have a kitchen balcony, but yours is very cute.
Besos guapa

Lilly said...

I recently found these orecchiette at my supermarket and haven’t figure out what to make. I don’t think I can find rappini, but I am sure I can substitute it for something else. I think your kitchen is very pretty and the view from your balcony as well.

Lola Lobato said...

Lilly, I think asparagus will be a delicious substitute.

Ann said...

Orecchiette and Rappini is a delicious classic dish! I didn't know that it wasn't a broccoli! Your balcony is incredible and your pictures are stellar!

Lindselicious said...

Gorgeous pictures!! I am in such envy. This pasta is so simple but it sounds like the flavors shine through.

Simply Life said...

those are my favorite noodle- looks great!

Ana said...
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Ana said...

Lola esa es tu cocina?
me muero de la envidia!! es preciosa y con esa terraza...
Además con este plato tan delicioso que nos muestras!
besos.

lisa is cooking said...

I love rappini with pasta. Sounds like a fantastic lunch. And, what a gorgeous view from your balcony!

Manu said...

This is one of my favourite dishes ever! So simple, yet so flavoursome. I sometimes substitute rappini for bok choy as that's always available here. It is the perfect representation of Italian food! Well done Lola! :-)

Eating Deliciously said...

Beautiful view! This pasta dish sounds light and lovely.