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Orecchiette With Pancetta And Broccoli Rabe For Fiesta Friday #22

Pasta Heaven

Pasta Heaven

A simple rustic dish, no recipe required for FF#22. I love pasta, and orecchiette is one of my favorites. broccoli rabe is wonderful with it’s slightly bitter taste and when sauteed in garlic and pancetta it’s absolutely delicious. This weeks Fiesta Friday brings us an encore performance co hosting from Elaine@foodbod and also Prudy@butter,basil and breadcrumbs and as always Angie@The Novice Gardener is keeping a watchful eye out for all of us. This dish still tastes great at room temperature so it’s perfect for a buffet.

All you need is:

1 bunch fresh broccoli rabe, cleaned and thick stems cut off

2 thick slices pancetta chopped into bite size pieces

garlic 2 cloves sliced thinly

crushed red pepper flakes a generous pinch

orecchiette

Olive oil

salt and pepper

parmigiano and/or romano for grating

Steam the cleaned broccoli rabe until tender, set aside. Put large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. In large skillet add some olive oil, when hot add the pancetta, when it starts to lightly brown add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Now add the broccoli rabe and cook until tender and each piece is coated with the garlic and oil. Set heat to low and cook the pasta, when al dente, turn heat up to high and add the drained pasta to the broccoli and pancetta, saute turning until each is coated with the oil, add a little pasta water and let cook until water is gone. Place in serving bowl and grate some cheese on top.

 

 

YUM

YUM

Fiesta Friday

Fiesta Friday

73 Comments Post a comment
  1. Swoon. Thats all. Because, I love this stuff,

    June 27, 2014
    • Me too Georgie, this and pasta with broccoli is probably my favorite pasta dishes, Thanks so much.

      June 27, 2014
  2. There is nothing like a well-balanced pasta dish. This is a great pairing of broccoli rabe and pancetta. And I absolutely adore your pasta bowl!

    June 27, 2014
    • Thank you, I totally agree, and the broccoli rabe and pancetta are wonderful together, This bowl is good for only one thing, pasta it’s imprinted on it but thank you yes I love the bowl and it’s a great size.

      June 27, 2014
  3. This is one of my favourite pasta dishes Suzanne. I feel we think the same way about it!

    June 27, 2014
    • Thanks so much Viviana, I would much rather have pasta this way than with a red sauce.

      June 27, 2014
  4. Welcome to Fiesta Friday, my lovely Suzanne!! Oh wow…You have no idea how much I love this. It’s one of my weaknesses… It’s the perfect dish to bring to our table this week… and now I’m wishing that it wasn’t a virtual table…but a real table. So I could just plant myself right in front of this, with a fork. Just hand me the pan and a fork. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe with all of us… it’s perfect. ❀

    June 27, 2014
    • I would so love to give you a fork and sit the bowl right in front of you, thank you for co hosting again, we are in very good hands, Thank you so much.

      June 27, 2014
  5. My daughter would be all over this. It’s one of her favorite meals. Pasta with veggies, a little meat just for flavor and cheese. She is not picky about her veggies, but I myself am partial to leafy greens such as raab. Drool! πŸ™‚

    June 27, 2014
    • Me too, thank you so much. I also love a little meat just for flavor and also am partial to leafy greens like rabe

      June 27, 2014
  6. Pancetta + pasta = paradise! I love this kind of pasta dish, and it is perfect for a Friday night friendly get together πŸ™‚

    June 27, 2014
  7. A simple yet delicious pasta. I love orecchiette :).

    June 27, 2014
  8. I’m not surprised this dish being a favorite of many! Very satisfying!

    June 27, 2014
  9. Delicious!!

    June 27, 2014
  10. That looks delicious! Love the use of broccoli rabe. πŸ™‚

    June 27, 2014
  11. Yummy pasta

    June 27, 2014
  12. Yum!! It’s really chilly here in Australia at the moment and it’s lunch time. And all I can think about now is this dish. So simple, but looks so tasty. Ps I love the bowl!

    June 28, 2014
    • Nothing like a comforting bowl of pasta to warm you up, thanks so much.

      June 28, 2014
  13. Liz #

    love the no-recipe-required kind of recipe πŸ™‚ This looks yum! So fresh and summery πŸ™‚

    June 28, 2014
  14. Such a great dish, Suzanne πŸ™‚

    June 28, 2014
  15. I am a huge rapini fan! I usually make orecchiette with Italian sausage and rapine, so I’d love to try your version with pancetta! Oh, and I adore your bowl!! Where did you find it?

    June 28, 2014
    • I do too actually, I always make sausage with this but I thought it’s lighter if I just use a little pancetta to flavor and its wonderful, thanks so much Christina.

      June 28, 2014
  16. This looks full of flavour Suzanne and great way to serve pasta! I haven’t really seen broccoli rabe/rapini at our markets or in the local shops, but will ask around to find out who might sell it. It sounds delicious… I know I’m missing out!

    June 28, 2014
    • Rapini or broccoli rabe is absolutely wonderful, it’s a little bit bitter but so flavorful and great sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Thanks so much.

      June 28, 2014
  17. One of my favourite dishes!

    June 28, 2014
  18. This is one of my favorite dishes- could eat it every day πŸ™‚ Yours looks mouth-watering!!

    June 28, 2014
  19. talkavino #

    Sounds simple and delicious! Bacon makes everything taste better, and I love pasta with veggies in any combination.

    June 28, 2014
    • Thanks Anatoli yes bacon does make anything taste better, it really adds so much to this dish. I’m with you on pasta and veggies!!

      June 28, 2014
  20. Lovely dish to bring, Suzanne. πŸ˜€ Happy FF22 to you!

    June 28, 2014
  21. A perfect pasta dish! I also love recipes without recipes! Such simplicity and deliciousness!

    June 28, 2014
    • Thanks so much, I also love not having to follow a recipe. It’s liberating.

      June 28, 2014
  22. This looks gorgeous. I will try this at home very soon. Emma xx

    June 28, 2014
  23. I was wondering how Fiesta Friday went. Sounds delicious.

    June 28, 2014
    • It’s always fun, you should join up, doesn’t have to be food at Fiesta Friday, a reading of one of your chapters would be so much fun, Thanks so much.

      June 28, 2014
  24. My French Heaven #

    OK, that’s it! I was going to skip dinner, but you all make me weak in the head with your beautiful posts and pictures… No will power I tell you 😦

    June 28, 2014
    • I’m having left overs this evening, revived with a splash of white wine, some more cheese. So tasty. Thank you Stephane, a wonderful compliment and I thank you so much.

      June 28, 2014
      • My French Heaven #

        Left overs are often better than the original dish… πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!!

        June 28, 2014
  25. I shouldn’t read your posts late in the evening as I always end up feeling hungry. Very hungry! The pasta looks delicious.

    June 28, 2014
  26. This is a gorgeous pasta dish and I just love that it is so quick and easy to prepare! Perfect for a weeknight meal and so very satisfying! Yum! πŸ˜€

    June 29, 2014
    • Thank you so much, it is perfect for a weeknight meal. I sometimes steam the broccoli ahead and refrigerate so it’s ready in the evening for a quick meal.

      June 29, 2014
  27. Orecchiette have been invented to be eaten with pancetta and broccoli. I love your dish!

    June 29, 2014
  28. Oh, yes, a favorite pasta combo of mine. Great job, Suzanne! It looks great!

    June 29, 2014
  29. Antisocial Patty #

    This sounds easy enough for me! I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    June 29, 2014
  30. That plate is just so good! Oh, and the pasta in it. Typical of me to notice the plate first. Initially I thought it was inscribed with Latin. But, of course, it’s differing names of pasta. Loving it. Not pasta, right now. Why I’ve gone off it I’ve no idea. Perhaps a summer fad.

    June 29, 2014
    • I of that go off things like pasta or rice for a long time. Not sure why. Yes when I first saw the bowl I thought the same thing, lol. I generally stay away from heavy food when it’s hot out.

      June 29, 2014
  31. I could eat pasta about 4 nights a week!! and this looks like a simple but super delicious version. (although I might substitute chard– since it grows in our yard) thanks Suzanne!!

    June 30, 2014
    • It would be amazing with chard, I switch out vegetables all the time. Thanks Rhonda and how lucky you are to have chard in your yard

      June 30, 2014
  32. yum yum yum, this is my definition of comfort food!

    June 30, 2014
  33. This combination in this pasta looks superb – not over indulgent, but super flavoursome πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    June 30, 2014
    • This is really one of my favorite pasta dishes, prefer to red sauce and I love the vegetables sauteed in garlic and oil. Thank you so much Uru!

      June 30, 2014
  34. Hi Suzanne, I enjoyed this dish and have bookmarked it to try it out sometime. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Team readership award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-vT. Have a lovely day!

    June 30, 2014

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