Pappardelle - wide, ribbon-like pasta - is dressed with pancetta, broccoli and Pecorino Romano cheese with a lovely result. Adapted from Bon Appetit.
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and flattened
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 bunch broccoli or 1 large broccoli rabe, stems sliced 1/2-inch thick, tops cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup water
- 1 (8 7/8 ounce) packagedried pappardelle pasta
- 1 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese, plus additional for serving
- 1⁄2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
- Discard garlic. Add onion, pancetta and fennel seeds to skillet; sauté until onion is tender and pancetta begins to brown, about 8 minutes. Add crushed red pepper (if using), then broccoli stems and cook 4 minutes to soften slightly, stirring occasionally. Stir in broccoli tops, sprinkle with salt, and add 1 cup water. Cover and cook until stems and tops are tender, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
- Add pasta to skillet with broccoli and stir over low heat to combine, adding reserved cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to moisten if necessary. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1 cup cheese. Season to taste wtih salt and a generous amount of pepper.
- Transfer to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve, passing additional grated cheese separately.
I have actually made this dish a few times and I love it. I followed recipe mostly, left the garlic in the pan and then 'toasted' my pine nuts before removing both and then continuing along. I also got my pasta timed fairly well, so managed to use pasta water for the 1 cup water and didn't end up needing to add extra at the end. Lovely dish.
I found the Pappardelle Pasta, I used minced garlic and left it in the dish, I didn't need a full cup of water either. This is a simple, healthy, and delicious meal, Thanks
So so Good! Love all the different flavors. I didn`t use the 2 tablespoons oil in step #7. Didn`t need additional water or cheese. I did minced the garlic and added it to the onions along with 1 ounce of diced sun-dried tomatoes, Added them with the rabe.Thanks for a great meal.