Linguine with Rabes & Parsley Pesto

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Linguine with Rabes & Parsley Pesto
  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 large bunch (2 3/4 lbs) broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 2-to-3-inch lengths
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 small red chile pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 - 4 anchovy fillets-drained (if in oil) or rinsed (if in salt) and chopped
  • 1 ripe lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound linguine

Preparation

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

In a large, deep skillet, bring about 2 inches water to a boil; salt the water and parboil the rabes, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain the rabes; return the pan to the stove. Heat 3-4 tbsp. EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onion, chile pepper and half of the garlic; saute until tender. Add the rabes and season with salt and black pepper. Add the chicken stock and reduce heat to simmer.

In a food processor, combine the parsley, remaining garlic, pine nuts, anchovies, lemon zest and juice, black pepper, paprika and 1/4 cup EVOO. Pulse to form a pesto sauce. Season pesto to taste and transfer to a serving bowl.

Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until al dente. Add a cup of hot cooking water to the pesto and stir. Drain the linguine; add to the pesto along with the rabes. Toss vigorously to coat the pasta with sauce and evenly distribute the rabes.