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Rapini and Romano Beans

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Rapini and Romano Beans
by James Belardo

We love rapini but it’s one of those vegetables that people love or hate. It’s been a nice challenge to tame the bitterness of this cruciferous beast and we’ve made tremendous progress. This recipe is a great side dish for Italian-style meals.

*NOTE: If you have a tendency to find rapini or broccoli-rabe too bitter we suggest you try to blanch with water and vinegar prior to tossing it into the sauce.

Ingredients
1 bunch of Rapini, chopped
1 can Romano beans
1/4 lb ’nduja (or pancetta), cut into small pieces
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
Salt and Pepper – to taste

Directions
1. In a medium sized pan, fry the ‘nduja (or cut pancetta) in 2 tbsp of olive oil.
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2. Once the ‘nduja (pancetta) browns add the onions and garlic.
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3. When the onions soften and the garlic begins to brown add 1 cup of chicken stock. Let it come to a boil.
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4. Add the rinsed Romano beans, lower the heat and let them ‘stew’ as you blanch the rapini.
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5. In a large pot of boiling water and about 1/2 cup of white vinegar, blanch the rapini.
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6. As the liquid in the stewing beans reduce you can add the rapini with some lemon juice.
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7. Let cook for a few minutes (covered) to allow the rapini to heat up.
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8. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste mix well and serve.
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Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

September 5, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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