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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pasta with Rapini and Ricotta

   This brings me back to my childhood when  mom would whip up something super fast for a weeknight dinner.  A quick search in the fridge for a few simple ingredients always resulted in  a memorable and satisfying dish.  In as little as 15 minutes we were sitting at the table enjoying a meal.
This super easy and quick recipe can be assembled in minutes.  In the amount of time it takes to boil water and cook some pasta the condiment can be prepared.  It is then added to the pasta with a quick toss and served.


1 lb pasta ( I used Rigatoni)
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh, chopped rapini
1 small onion , diced
1 garlic clove, minced or whole
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Boil pasta in some salted water .  As the pasta is cooking, saute onion and garlic in some olive oil then add rapini and a 1/2 cup of the boiling pasta water, salt and pepper and cook until tender (approx. 5 minutes)
Add cooked pasta to the pan, stir in the ricotta cheese and toss until well mixed.
Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with some fresh grated parmigiano reggiano and serve.
This is a perfect dish for a super fast week night dinner.  The creamy textured ricotta smothers the pasta and the onion and garlic infused rapini add a wonderful earthy flavor making this rustic recipe a classic in our home.

For a little kick, add some crushed chili flakes or your favorite home made chili oil!


Diana's Cocina said...

Sounds perfect and I'm all for a memorable and satisfying dish.

Karen said...

Couldn't be easier, and my idea of a great pasta dish with no meat! I'd have to throw a sausage in there for my dh though :)

Lindy said...

Danny, this one sounds perfect. I keep a wonderful chili EVOO on hand at all times. A bit of rustic, crunchy crust bread, a glass of a favorite wine. Heaven :D

BTW - I too, would have to grill up an Italian sausage for my dh.

whozyerdanny said...

This dish is nice and light but the addition of sausage wouldn't hurt!


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