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Brocco-gnese! (Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Bolognese Sauce)

Posted on October 12, 2018 with 0 comments

 

BROCCO-GNESE!

Too cute?  I had to...

We had some beautiful broccoli rabe, so I was looking forward to making my luscious pasta with broccoli di rape and hot Italian sausage...

http://www.thisoldchef.com/blog.html/orecchiette_with_italian_sausage__broccoli_rabe/

But there was no Italian sausage in the fridge.  (How the hell could that happen?!?)

Then I remembered I’d frozen some Bolognese a few weeks ago after making my Pizza alla Bolognese...

http://www.thisoldchef.com/blog.html/pizza_alla_bolognese/

Bingo!  Brocco-gnese!  Che buono!

I trimmed and sliced the rapini (stems small, leaves and florets larger) and sautéed them for just a bit in EVOO.  Once they’d turned bright green but weren’t completely cooked, I added some of my Bolognese to the pan...

Wow, did this smell good!  I added about a pound of not-quite-cooked pasta to the pan, and continued to cook until the pasta was perfect.  Then, in went a large handful of Parmigiano.

I scooped generous portions into hot bowls, sprinkled on more Parmigiano, and...

Just.  Incredible!

A totally different feel from the rabe/sausage I often make.  This was a lot richer and more complex.  It won’t replace the original, but it will take its place right next to it in the rotation!!!

Wow!