Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Red, White & Green Dream

Casarecce con Cime di Rapa, Salsiccia Piccante, Pomodori Secchi & Pangrattato
Caserecce with Broccoli Rabe, Spicy Salami, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Crispy Bread Crumbs


"Eat your greens!" They say... "Just try and stop me!" I say...

Especially if the greens in question are broccoli rabe and if you combine them with some nice, hot and spicy salami... And crispy bread crumbs... And savory sun-dried tomatoes!

In fact... Don't try and stop me, pull up a chair, grab yourself a fork and join me! I think you may well like this!


It doesn't take much in the way of ingredients to make something as lavish and delicious as this... As usual, you may well be surprised when you check out the list as you click through my photos... Although you really shouldn't be by now!


Yup, for 2 servings, all I needed was 1 small head of broccoli rabe, 1 spring onion, about 3" of thinly sliced hot and spicy salami, 2 sun-dried tomatoes & 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs. Oh, and obviously a little salt, pepper and olive oil... And pasta!


So much going on here, flavor and texture wise and yet so quick and easy to put together... And although it is my own quick and easy version of an old, traditional dish, it is packed with flavor and an absolute treat in every way!


Begin by rinsing the greens out well and by snapping off the tender, little florets. Then continue cutting the leaves including the tender stalks into bite-sized pieces. Start these boiling in plenty of water with a good pinch of salt and then turn your attention to the salami and onion, which need to be sliced nice and thinly and the sun dried tomatoes which need to cut into thin strips.


After the greens have boiled for 10 minutes or so, add the pasta and continue cooking together with the greens for around 8-9 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.


Whilst the pasta boils, stir fry the salami slices, the sun dried tomatoes, the spring onion and the florets of broccoli rabe, in nothing more than the salamis own fat. Fry for 2-3 minutes and set to one side as soon as the salami starts to crisp up a little.


Now toast 1-2 tablespoons of bread crumbs in the remaining fat from the salami and add a dash more olive oil if necessary. Set these to one side too as so as they golden... And get ready to serve!


Once the pasta is cooked, drain well, add a little olive oil, toss carefully and serve up on a platter just so.


Next, add a good sprinkle of those crispy, toasted, bread crumbs... And try to resist stealing a bite before it's finished if you dare!


Of course, as soon as you have added the salami, dried tomatoes and greens... All hopes of being able to resist are lost and you may as well grab a fork and dig in!


Give the pasta a toss and get all of those deliciously crispy bread crumbs spread all over... and at the same time blend all of the other great ingredients together too!


As flavorful as it looks, as quick as can be and so easy that even I could make it!

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