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Simple Homemade Pasta + Broccoli Rabe + Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

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This recipe is great for a hot, fun, hands-on date night. Cook it together, and then savor every bite along with a light Pinot Noir, a classic Chianti or a Belvedere cocktail xx ck

By: Candice Kumai


 To make the dough

On a clean work surface, combine the flour, semolina flour (or g free sub flour), and sea salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add approximately 1⁄4 cup of warm water. Using a fork, working from the inside in a circular motion, begin to incorporate the flour and liquid. Continue adding water until a dough forms. Knead well on a lightly floured board until the dough is smooth and elastic. This may take 20 minutes or so.

Form the dough into a ball, wrap it with plastic, and place it in the fridge to firm up for at least 1 hour.

To make the pesto

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well! Add more or less olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and so on to taste.

To make the orecchiette

Pull off a scant handful of the dough, keeping the rest of the dough covered. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough into a rope about 3⁄4 inch in diameter.

Cut the rope into slices no more than 1⁄8 inch thick to form small circles of dough. Put one of these circles into the cupped palm of your hand and, with the thumb of the other hand, press and turn the circle at the same time to form a dent in the center that will spread the dough a little on each side. It should look like a small ear, with slightly thicker earlobes. Repeat with all of the remaining dough, placing the orecchiette on a lightly floured cloth as they are made.

To make the broccoli rabe

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the garlic and broccoli raab and cook until tender, approximately 6 minutes. Finish by sprinkling with the chili flakes. Add sea salt as needed. Set aside.

To finish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orecchiette until they float to the surface, approximately 4 minutes. Use a spider or slotted spoon to transfer the orecchiette to a large bowl.

Toss the pasta with the pesto to coat and add the sautéed broccoli rabe. Serve with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or finishing salt, such as Maldon, if desired!

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