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      In the kitchen with Sandra: Spaghetti with rapini

      Mar. 21, 2016

      In The Kitchen with SandraAccording to Wikipedia, broccoli rabe, a vegetable also known as “rapini,” is in the turnip family. It most probably originated in Chinese or Mediterranean regions. It is now grown worldwide and has become a staple in the Italian household. Most commonly served as a side dish, it can also be tossed with pasta to serve as a main course.

      Spaghetti with Rapini

      1 tbsp olive oil
      1 tbsp butter
      1 small minced onion
      2 tsps minced garlic
      1 bunch rapini, washed and coarsely chopped
      1/3 cup sundried cherry tomatoes in oil
      1 package (450 g) spaghetti
      Salt and pepper to taste
      ½ cup Parmesan Reggianno cheese, coarsely grated

      Begin by cooking the pasta as per the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, begin cooking the rapini. In a shallow saucepan melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sundried tomatoes and cook another 2 minutes. Add the rapini and toss with the butter onion mixture. Cover to allow the vegetable to wilt, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. At this point the pasta should be ready. Drain and add directly to the rapini mixture. Toss gently. Once plated, sprinkle generously with the parmesan cheese. Serve hot and enjoy!

      One Response to “In the kitchen with Sandra: Spaghetti with rapini”

      1. Isabelle Sacchetti says:

        Hi Sandra, I just want to say that in Italy these are called Cimi di Rabe and I would like to ask you if you would know why Wikipedia does not mention the Chinese name for Broccoli rabe or rapini. The reason for asking is because I know that sometimes Wikipedia makes errors or assumptions from I don’t know where. But in Italy , especially in the region of Puglia, these have been around for centuries. Growing wild between the rustic terrain rocks of the southern part of the Adriatic coast line. If these are Chinese then why do they not have a Chinese name ? Like everything else we know go by calling it from the name of its Country’s origins. Thank you for your attention !