If you do not have orecchiette, penne would be a good substitute.
|Orecchiette Con Rapini|
Pasta Con Rapini
1 bunch rapini (broccoli rabe) boiled and chopped**
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pkg (450 gr) orecchiette or penne
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp salt
Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Remove once cooked and drain water reserving 4 tbsp. of the water.
|Boil the pasta until al dente or the texture suits your palette|
|Sautee the rapini with olive oil and garlic|
Add the pasta and reserved water to the rapini and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat. If you feel the pasta is a little dry, add more olive oil, stir the pasta mixture to evenly distribute.
|Add the pasta and reserved water to the rapini|
Serve with parmesan cheese.
**boil the rapini for 30 minutes or until tender. I like to boil the rapini really well to get rid of the bitterness of the vegetable.