Orecchiette With Pancetta And Broccoli Rabe For Fiesta Friday #22
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
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.
Swoon. Thats all. Because, I love this stuff,
Me too Georgie, this and pasta with broccoli is probably my favorite pasta dishes, Thanks so much.
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!
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.
This is one of my favourite pasta dishes Suzanne. I feel we think the same way about it!
Thanks so much Viviana, I would much rather have pasta this way than with a red sauce.
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. ❤
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.
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! 🙂
Me too, thank you so much. I also love a little meat just for flavor and also am partial to leafy greens like rabe
Pancetta + pasta = paradise! I love this kind of pasta dish, and it is perfect for a Friday night friendly get together 🙂
Thank you so much Catherine.
A simple yet delicious pasta. I love orecchiette :).
Thank you me too, always been one of my favorites.
I’m not surprised this dish being a favorite of many! Very satisfying!
Thanks so much Fae, such a simple dish but so delicious.
That looks delicious! Love the use of broccoli rabe. 🙂
Thanks so much, love broccoli rabe!
Yummy for sure. thanks so much.
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!
Nothing like a comforting bowl of pasta to warm you up, thanks so much.
love the no-recipe-required kind of recipe 🙂 This looks yum! So fresh and summery 🙂
Thanks so much Liz, yes, no recipe required here.
Such a great dish, Suzanne 🙂
Thank you so much.
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?
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.
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!
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.
One of my favourite dishes!
Me too Lidia, thank you so much.
This is one of my favorite dishes- could eat it every day 🙂 Yours looks mouth-watering!!
Thank you so much, it’s one of my all time favorites.
Sounds simple and delicious! Bacon makes everything taste better, and I love pasta with veggies in any combination.
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!!
Lovely dish to bring, Suzanne. 😀 Happy FF22 to you!
Thank you Jhuls and a happy FF22 to you also!
A perfect pasta dish! I also love recipes without recipes! Such simplicity and deliciousness!
Thanks so much, I also love not having to follow a recipe. It’s liberating.
This looks gorgeous. I will try this at home very soon. Emma xx
Thanks so much Emma, hope you like!
I was wondering how Fiesta Friday went. Sounds delicious.
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.
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 😦
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.
Left overs are often better than the original dish… 😉 Enjoy!!
I shouldn’t read your posts late in the evening as I always end up feeling hungry. Very hungry! The pasta looks delicious.
Thank you, it’s such a simple dish but very tasty.
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! 😀
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.
Orecchiette have been invented to be eaten with pancetta and broccoli. I love your dish!
Thank you so much. orecchiette is my favorite type of pasta.
Oh, yes, a favorite pasta combo of mine. Great job, Suzanne! It looks great!
Me too thanks so much, love broccoli rabe!
This sounds easy enough for me! I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Super easy Patty you’ll ace it!
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.
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.
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!!
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
yum yum yum, this is my definition of comfort food!
Me Too!! Thanks so much Michelle!
This combination in this pasta looks superb – not over indulgent, but super flavoursome 😀
Choc Chip Uru
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!
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!
You are so sweet, thank you so much Ahila!