05/22/12 Pappardelle with Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta

"Quattrino risparmiato, due volte guadagnato." (A penny saved is a penny earned.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese with Fennel
  -Tagliolini with Lemon
  -Pappardelle with Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta

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 Recipe: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese with Fennel

Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese with Fennel
Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano con Finocchio


1 (3/4-lb) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 fennel bulbs


Pry off finger-size chunks of cheese with a Parmigiano-Reggiano knife or the point of a small sharp stiff knife and place on a platter.

Trim fennel, discarding stalks and outer layer if bruised. Halve bulbs lengthwise and core, then cut into 1/4-inch-wide slivers.

Just before serving, tuck clusters of fennel among cheese chunks. Makes 6 antipasto servings.

Note: Chunks of cheese can be cut off 6 hours ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tagliolini with Lemon

Tagliolini with Lemon
Tagliolini al Limone


Zest and juice of 1 large organic lemon
50 grams butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
50 grams of creamy goat cheese (caprino) or a dash of cream
2 small dried chillis
Grated Parmigiano cheese
250 grams of fresh Tagliolini or linguine pasta (for dry pasta, 90 grams per person)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Prepare a large pot of water for the pasta.

When the water begins to boil, add salt and pasta (for fresh pasta, only cook for a few minutes).

Place the butter and olive oil over a medium heat. When the butter begins to melt, add the zest of the lemon and let cook for about a minute (do not let the lemon burn).

Add about half a cup of the boiling pasta water along with the lemon juice.

Let simmer for two minutes.

Add the goat cheese (or cream if using) and a tablespoon of the pasta water and let melt.

Taste and season as needed with the chilli, salt and white pepper.

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss to coat.

Garnish with chopped parsley and Parmigiano cheese. Serves 2.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Pappardelle with Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta

Pappardelle with Broccoli Rabe and Pancetta
Pappardelle con Broccoli Rabe e Pancetta


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, peeled, flattened
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 large bunch broccoli rabe (also called rapini; generous 1 pound),
1 cup water
One 8.8-ounce package dried Pappardelle pasta
1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus additional for serving
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


Take the broccoli rabe and slice the stems 1/2 inch thick and cut the tops into 2-inch pieces.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive 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; saute until onion is tender and pancetta begins to brown, about 8 minutes.

Add dried crushed red pepper, then broccoli rabe stems and cook 4 minutes to soften slightly, stirring occasionally.

Stir in broccoli rabe 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 'al dente'.

Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Add pasta to skillet with broccoli rabe and stir over low heat to combine, adding reserved cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to moisten if necessary.

Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 cup cheese.

Season to taste with salt and generous amount of pepper.

Transfer to shallow bowl.

Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve, passing additional cheese separately. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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