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Fast & Easy Dinner: Gemelli With Broccoli Rabe and Anchovies

Fast & Easy Dinner: Gemelli With Broccoli Rabe and Anchovies

Several years ago, after watching an episode of this new Food Network show called 30 Minute Meals, I decided to take the somewhat unheard-of chef's advice. According to this Rachael Ray lady, anchovies lose their intense fishy flavor when cooked down in a sauce. After trying one of her recipes, I realized she was right! Since then, I've made many pasta dishes that include anchovies as an ingredient.

I can't wait to experiment with this broccoli rabe variation. Toasted panko bread crumbs provide crunch and crushed red pepper flakes add a subtle heat. Ready to overcome your fear of anchovies? Get the recipe and

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Gemelli With Broccoli Rabe and Anchovies

Gemelli With Broccoli Rabe and Anchovies

Gemelli With Broccoli Rabe and Anchovies

Ingredients

1 pound gemelli or other corkscrew pasta
1 (1-pound) bunch broccoli rabe, coarse stems discarded and remainder cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1 cup panko (Japanese crisp bread crumbs)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 (2-ounce) can flat anchovy fillets, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes, or to taste

Directions

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook pasta in a 7- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water 6 minutes, then stir in broccoli rabe and boil until pasta is al dente, about 5 minutes more.
  3. While pasta is cooking, toss panko with 1 tablespoon oil in a shallow baking pan until coated and bake, stirring once or twice, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Season crumbs with salt.
  4. While broccoli rabe (with pasta) is cooking, cook garlic, anchovies, and red-pepper flakes in remaining 7 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring and mashing anchovies into oil with a wooden spoon, until garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Drain pasta and broccoli rabe in a colander, then add to anchovy mixture in skillet, tossing to combine.
  6. Serve pasta sprinkled with some toasted panko and pass remainder.

Serves 4-6.

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andrennabird andrennabird 7 years
I'm going to give this a try without the pasta.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Mhmm I love brocolloi and pasta. One of my fav food combos. Sadly, they don't sell half of the ingredients listed in my area :( My local grocers don't even sell ginger!
nancita nancita 7 years
So funny! I was just looking for a pasta recipe using broccoli rabe. This one sounds so good. And I have some anchovies in the fridge. Yay!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i like the concept of the recipe, not the host, and not the anchovies (given that they ARE a fish). i think that it's good information to know that you will lose some of the fishy-ness when you make this one since you're cooking down the anchovies, and that's a little known cooking fact. i guess this just goes to show that you don't have to be formally trained as a chef to know what you're doing.
MandyWH MandyWH 7 years
I make this one all the time, and it's fantastic! A little grated Parm and some fresh cracked pepper is a great way to finish it off, too. And if you're anchovy-shy, it's actually a pretty good dish without, too -- just be sure to add a little extra salt and Parmesan to make up for the saltiness the anchovies would have added to the dish.
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