Cime di Rapa (Broccoli Rapini)

Orecchiette with Cime di Rapa

Traditional dish from Puglia made with their trademark pasta Orecchiette (little ears)! Pasta combined with Rapa, associated with the Broccoli family.

Enjoy the Rapa vegetable tossed with olive oil, saute` onions, red pepper flake’s with a side of sausage drizzled with fresh lemon juice!

Broccoli Rapini is a cousin to Broccoli. Serve with pasta or by itself as a side vegetable.


Bunch of Broccoli Rapini OR Broccoli cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
Optional: (4 filets of anchovies (optional) May substitute 1 minced garlic clove)
1 small onion thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked pepper
1/3 cup water

Thoroughly wash Rapa leaves. Cut off and discard bottom two inches of stems. With a knife or by hand cut or tear leaves into bite size portions.  Set aside.  Over medium heat in a frying pan, warm 1/2 cup olive oil with (optional,  4 anchovie filets and/)or sliced onion. Allow to saute` for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

saute` chopped onion in olive oil.

Add pasta to boiling water and 3 minutes later add all Broccoli Rapini leaves OR Broccoli to boiling pasta. Allow to boil for another 6 minutes. Using a colander drain pasta and vegetables, place back into large pan, add the oil and previously sautéed onions to pasta and broccoli rapini, stir well. Serve with parmesan on the side.
May be served as a vegetable and no pasta.