July 31, 2015

orzo with sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli rabe


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Oh broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, how I love you... if you haven't ever tried it now is the time!  Love kale, spinach, and collard greens?  You will love this then.  It has a slightly bitter taste and a stronger flavor than the usual greens.  I really enjoy it paired with the sweetness from the sun-dried tomatoes and nuttiness from the cheese and pine nuts.  This pasta can also be made with spinach or kale, you will just want to throw them into the water for 1-2 minutes, shortening the cooking time since they wilt very quickly.

Chicken update: They are growing so quickly!!  They seem to have another centimeter of wing feathers each morning when we wake up... reminds me of when my babies were small and they seem to grow right in front of my eyes!:)  The kids take them out to play each day and watch over them.  As you can see they also sit and read, while watching over the flock as they call it, which is a win/win for everyone!  As you can see in the background our chicken coop has be started... yay for their new home!!!

Servings 4-6
Total Time 20 minutes

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (rapini), coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon course salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1.  In a large pot, over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and five minutes before its cooking time is up, add the broccoli rabe. It will seem like too much for the water, but with a stir or two, the rabe will wilt and cook alongside the pasta. Drain rabe and pasta together and return to the large pot.

2.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic.  Cook until fragrant, about 1-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, and salt.

3.  Stir the oil mixture into the pasta and broccoli rabe.

4.  Top with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!!! 

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