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Spaghetti con Rapine

A very simple but satisfying meal for when you are short on time and everyone is hungry, that can be prepared in less then 30 minutes. All you need is a few ingredients and dinner will be served. This was a staple in our home, as a child when my mother made this meal there was rarely left overs. I love rapine, this green leafed vegetable that is related to the broccoli is easy to prepare, here's how.


450 gr of Spaghetti

1 Bunch of Rapine

1/4 tsp of Salt

1 Peperoncino (chili pepper)

1 Clove of Garlic

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 TBLsp Romano cheese

5 Calamata Olives

1 Cup of Spaghetti water

Order Of Operation

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot, cut the stems of the rapine, after washing them boil for 8 minutes or until tender, they will be bright green, remove from water set aside.

2. Bring another pot of water to boil for the pasta, cook according to instructions, I like my pasta Al Dente.

3. In a separate pan, saute garlic, chili pepper, in olive oil, add rapine, and spaghetti, 1 cups of the spaghetti water .

4. Plate, garnish with Romano cheese, and Calamata olives

Buon Appetito...Enjoy

Image Credit » Isabella Di Fronzo

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carmela wrote on October 31, 2014, 1:56 AM

your recipe is very easy to follow and prepair and the ingredients are readily available. those who dont like to eat meat will surely love this!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 31, 2014, 4:07 AM

This sounds so delicious! I'm not sure I can get rapine out here, but I wonder if I can get turnip greens at the market? Or maybe this recipe would be just as delicious with kale?

Feisty56 wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:06 AM

I've never heard of rapine, but will have to look for it at the markets now. I've learned about quite a few vegetables and other healthy items through recipes here -- thanks much. : )

tinamarie wrote on October 31, 2014, 1:48 PM

This sounds and looks so delicious! I don't think I can get Rapine here, but would use kale or spinach. I would also use either rice noodles or corn pasta because of gluten's. I am going to have to try this and fix it for my husband. Thanks!

Isabella wrote on October 31, 2014, 2:10 PM

I agree, kale is a wonderful substitute you can definitely try it and it will work, just as good!!! Rapine can mostly be found in Italian specialty stores. Look around in your neighborhood, little Italy would be a place i would start with. All Italians can't live without Rapine, they are part of the Italian table...

Isabella wrote on October 31, 2014, 2:15 PM

Guaranteed, you'll love the taste, they are satisfying and they're so good for you! They can be prepared ahead of time, frozen and saved for future use. They are versatile and can be used in so many different ways, like soups and stews...

Isabella wrote on October 31, 2014, 2:17 PM

So glad you like it...and make it your own. Get inspired, create something tailored to your needs, why not!

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 31, 2014, 6:50 PM

That looks very good and satisfying, The picture make me hungry.

nerdieeds wrote on October 31, 2014, 6:59 PM

It looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing. This will give me variety of what to prepare for the family. I like to cook

BarbRad wrote on October 31, 2014, 9:30 PM

It's a very attractive dish. I've never tried rapine. Does it taste much different that broccoli?

Ruby3881 wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:54 AM

LOL, I think the closest Little Italy to us now is probably about 10 hrs away in Vancouver! I will check when we go into the city, though :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:59 AM

It's known as rapini in English, or broccoli raab, Deb. You can find an entry on Wikipedia emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on November 1, 2014, 3:00 AM

Poop! My link didn't work. I guess formatting text is OK, but I can't link URLs....

Feisty56 wrote on November 1, 2014, 10:25 AM

Ah okay, I have heard and seen broccoli raab...I can find that. Thanks!

Isabella wrote on November 1, 2014, 1:53 PM

Let me know how it turns out...

peachpurple wrote on January 4, 2015, 1:26 PM

this is good and easy to prepare. thanks, will be making this for the weekend