Thursday, October 25, 2007

World Pasta Day


I haven't updated my blog in English in a long, long time, but since Verena invited me to join the celebration for the World Pasta Day, here I am. I wasn't aware there was such a thing as a WPD. Oh, well, since any excuse to eat pasta is more than welcome, there you have it.

Pappardelle with prosciutto and brocolli rabe

Pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, flattened
1 medium onion, chopped
100 g thinly sliced prociutto, chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 large bunch broccoli rabe
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 cup freshly grated Parmegiano-Reggiano

Pre-cook broccoli rabe in the water that will be used for the pasta. Reserve. Start cooking pasta. In the meantime, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add fennel seeds and then garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden. Mix in onion and sauté until translucent. Toss prosciutto and stir until it starts to shrink and/or brown. Add dried crushed red pepper, then pre-cooked broccoli rabe. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drain pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Combine pasta and broccoli rabe over low heat. If necessary, add reserved cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to moisten. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts and serve.
Adapted from Bon Apettit