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Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini in Tomato Sauce

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Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini in Tomato Sauce
Cavatelli con Carne di Maiale e Rapini al Pomodoro
by James Belardo

Many Italian dishes combine bitter with sweet and savory flavors and this recipe is a good example. Based on a classic simple and delicious pasta dish (see our classic recipe here), we’ve decided to substitute ground pork for the Italian Sausage and add some tomatoes. Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini in Tomato Sauce is a great way to introduce nutritious rapini into your meals. Rapini is preferable but broccoli-rabe or even broccoli will do.

Ingredients
1.5-2 lbs of ground pork
1 bunch Rapini – chopped
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 can (28 oz) plum tomatoes, hand crushed
2-3 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup of white wine (pinot grigio)
fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

Pasta (suggested)
Cavatelli
orecchietti

Suggested Toppings and Garnish
Ricotta Salata (grated)
A sprig or two of Italian flat-leaf Parsley

Preparing the Ground Pork
1. In a large bowl, combine ground pork, fennel seeds, salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.
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2. Hand mix and set aside
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Directions
1. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions slowly cook until color starts to soften (be careful not to burn the garlic, it will turn bitter).
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2. Throw in small rough-meatballs of ground pork, cook until browned stirring occasionally.
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3. Add the cup of white wine and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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4. Add the plum tomatoes, bring to a simmer and let cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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5. Add basil, bay leaves, salt and pepper (to taste).
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6. Add rapini and cover the sauce pan. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until rapini shrinks. Also, add some lemon juice. Try to keep cover on sauce pan to help the rapini ‘steam.’
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7. Cook pasta al dente; when adding the pasta to boiling water (salted)

8. When the pasta is almost ready, take a ladle or two of the pasta water and add to the sauce, this will help the sauce meld into the pasta. Then, add the pasta to the sauce, mixing well.
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9. While plating, sprinkle the ricotta salata on top with fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley.
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Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

January 23, 2017 at 5:23 PM

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