Zesty Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Goat Cheese

Zesty Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Goat Cheese
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 log (4 oz.) goat cheese, crumbled


Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Salt the boiling water. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, stirring in the broccoli rabe during the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain the pasta and the broccoli rabe; set aside 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

In the same pot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring often, until the garlic softens, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pasta, broccoli rabe, reserved pasta water and half the lemon zest; season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

Divide the pasta mixture among plates. Top each serving with 2 tbsp. goat cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.