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Orecchiette con le Cime di Rapa (broccoli rabe)

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The traditional sauce for this pasta shape is based on broccoli rabe (Cime di Rapa in Italian), which might be bitter for some people. In order to remove the bitterness, you cook the broccoli rabe in the pasta water. I added some lemon juice and zest to the sauce, which also brings a beautiful balance to the dish. Make this pasta for your lovers. They will love it!

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2 bowls

US

original

metric

Ingredients

For the Orecchiette

semolina flour

400 gr semolina flour

water

190 ml water

For the sauce

A of Cime di Rapa (Broccoli rabe)

A of Cime di Rapa (Broccoli rabe)

garlic

2 cloves garlic

anchovies

4 ½ anchovies

chili

½ chili

Juice from  a lemon

½ Juice from a lemon

Zest from  a lemon

½ Zest from a lemon

Yogurt stone / mild cheese

Yogurt stone / mild cheese

Directions

Step 1

Pour the flour on the working surface. Make a pit in the middle and add the water.

semolina flour

400 gr semolina flour

water

190 ml water

Step 2

Start mixing, each time collecting more flour from the sides of the pile.

Step 3

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.

Step 4

Cut a piece of the dough and roll it into a long "snake".

Step 5

Cut pieces from the "snake", a little bit smaller than what you would cut for gnocchi.

Step 6

Take one piece and a cheap kitchen knife. Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle to your work surface, then press and roll the piece of dough toward you. Unfurl the dough over your thumb in the opposite direction to form a concave shape.

Step 7

Separate the Broccoli rabe flowers and leaves from the stems. Chop the stems and the flowers and leaves cut roughly.

A of Cime di Rapa (Broccoli rabe)

A of Cime di Rapa (Broccoli rabe)

Step 8

Slice the garlic cloves.

garlic

2 cloves garlic

Step 9

Boil water with salt.

Step 10

Add all the broccoli rabe (flowers, leaves, and stems) to the boiling water and cook them for 4 min.

Step 11

In a pan- fry garlic, chili, and anchovies in olive oil. Add some oil from the anchovies can if you want more fishy flavors (it's YUMMM).

anchovies

4 ½ anchovies

chili

½ chili

garlic

garlic

Step 12

Add the Orecchiette to the boiling water. Once they start to float to the surface, cook them for an additional minute.

Step 13

Transfer the pasta and the broccoli rabe to the pan. Add the lemon juice.

Juice from  a lemon

½ Juice from a lemon

Step 14

Cook it in the pan with the sauce for another min.

Step 15

Serve in a bowl, grate some lemon zest, and yogurt stone on top.

Zest from  a lemon

½ Zest from a lemon

Yogurt stone / mild cheese

Yogurt stone / mild cheese

Step 16

YASSS!

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