Orecchiette and 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.

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 keep them crispy). In a saute pan with olive oil I then added the garlic and cooked it until it was golden, incorporating the chile flakes and rapini I’d already chopped. Then I added the lemon zest, seasoned it with salt, and tossed it all with the pasta I’d 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!

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  1. Beautiful view! This pasta dish sounds light and lovely.

  2. 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! :-)

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

  4. 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!

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  6. those are my favorite noodle- looks great!

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

  8. 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!

  9. Lilly, I think asparagus will be a delicious substitute.

  10. 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.

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

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

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