Food & Wine Girlfriend’s Recipe: Orecchiette e Broccoletti by Annie September 30, 2017 written by Annie September 30, 2017 When they saw me walking to my door after shopping at the market with my “bouquet” of broccoletti flapping out of my bag, (aka cime di rapa, or rapini or broccoli rabe in English), I could tell I wasn’t getting off the hook so easily. Sure enough, after the usual exchange of plesantries <ahref=”my girlfriends asked me how I was going to prepare them. Truth be told I hadn’t really thought of it, and decided then and there that I was going to make orecchiette (little ears) con cime di rapa. They had me go through the recipe step by step, where you do the broccoletti in water, drain them and the pasta, mix together …Sure enough, I’ve gone and done it again … all of a sudden there is more eyeball rolling, head waggling, and arm flapping than an outbreak of dengue fever, and after the first wave of single syllable eeeehhhsss crashes and breaks, Sig.ra Clara blurts, “Che fai? Butti tutta l’acqua?” which in the tone she used roughly translates as, “What could you be possibly thinking, you incompetent kitchen dilettante? You’re just going to throw out all that really delicious precious water and fully botch the recipe?” I’m guessing that the water isn’t for one of those trendy new energy/power drinks, but wisely keep that comment to myself. Offering to save the water for soup probaby isn’t going to fly either, so I just keep silent and put on my clueless-stare long enough that they finally break down and proceed to solemnly share their recipe secret: Heat up some oil, garlic, and peperoncino in the bottom of a pan large enough to hold all your broccoletti. Throw the washed undrained broccoletti in and cover, but keep watch that there is just enough water to keep them from sticking. Salt and keep moving and adding small amounts of water as needed. Then, 10 minutes before the broccoletti are done (yes, I know, it’s a case of “turn before you reach the next town” all over again, but I no longer even flinch when they say things like this), add the orecchiette that are half-done (natch!) and finish cooking them, uncovered, together with the broccoletti and juice until all that goodness gets soaked right up into the pasta. Serve with some pecorino, and enjoy. Ok, fine! So maybe they do know what they’re doing, point taken. I promise, girls, no broccoletti energy drink … 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Erotic, Etruscan Chocolate next post Penny Candy, Italian Style Related Posts Health Benefits of Wine October 6, 2020 Rome’s Best Cappuccino July 18, 2020 VideoNote: Rita’s Involtini Recipe March 19, 2020 Summer recipe: Pomodori al Riso July 26, 2019 La Roveja, che zuppa! April 11, 2019 The Secret Life of Olive Trees September 30, 2018 Italian Peach Varieties July 24, 2018 Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio July 16, 2018 Erotic, Etruscan Chocolate September 30, 2017 Italy Earthquake Aid? Spaghetti Can Help August 29, 2016 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.