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Posted By: Steve Shaw
25-May-19 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Orecchiette con cime di rape. It contains olive oil, cherry tomatoes (in my version), chilli, parsley, garlic and seasoning, as well as the main ingredient, which in Puglia is rather stringy turnip tops or similar greens but which I replace with tenderstem broccoli. I leave the florets whole but chop the stems into small pieces.

Put on the orecchiette pasta (or other short pasta, but I wouldn't use tubes) in boiling salted water in a big pan. Slice the garlic thinly and sauté gently in the olive oil with chilli to taste (I use chilli flakes). You want a bit of heat. When it starts to sizzle (it mustn't go brown), add a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Season. When the pasta has two minutes to go, throw the broccoli into the pasta pan (honest: some recipes have you cooking the greens separately but you absolutely don't need to do that). When the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is cooked but still with slight crunch, drain, retaining a bit of the pasta water. Add the pasta/broccoli mix to the sauce. Stir well, adding a bit of the retained water if needed. There you go. We have this with parmesan but that is completely optional and would typically be served without in Puglia unless you ask for some. A final dressing of extra virgin olive oil is good.