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Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini

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#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - Cavatelli

Cavatelli con Carne di Maiale e Rapini
Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini
by James Belardo

This recipe is a good example of how many Italian dishes combine bitter with sweet and savory flavors. Based on a classic and simple pasta dish, we’ve decided to substitute ground pork for the Italian Sausage. Cavatelli with Ground Pork and Rapini is a great way to introduce nutritious rapini* into your meals. Rapini is preferable but broccoli-rabe or even broccoli will do.

*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
1-2 lbs of ground pork
1 bunch Rapini – chopped
1 large red bell pepper sliced in slivers
1 medium red onion sliced in slivers about 2-inches tall
2-3 Cloves of garlic
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) (optional)
1 tbsp Fennel seeds
1 tsp Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta (suggested)
Cavatelli (500g)

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, 1 tbsp olive oil, fennel seeds, salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - prep the pork

2. Hand mix and set aside.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - mix well

Directions
1. Heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and onions slowly cook until color starts to brown (be careful not to burn the garlic, it will turn bitter).
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - sauté onions garlic and hot peppers

2. Throw in small rough-meatballs of ground pork, cook until browned mixing occasionally.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - toss in the pork (rough meatballs)

3. Add red bell pepper slivers and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - the red peppers

4. Add 1/2 cup of white wine and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - 1/2c white #wine

5. Add the cup of chicken stock and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - 1c chicken stock

6. Add the Pecorino Romano cheese.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add the pecorino Romano

7. Add rapini and cover the dutch oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until rapini shrinks. Try to keep cover on sauce pan to help the rapini ‘steam.’
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8. After the rapini has been cooking for 10-15 minutes add the lemon juice and let continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add lemon juice

9.  Cooking the cavatelli (al dente). When the pasta is almost ready, take a ladle 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.
#Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - ladle of pasta water #Cavatelli #Rapini #GroundPork #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add the Cavatelli

10. Add salt and pepper (to taste).
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11. 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

August 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

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