La Dolce Pasta from Nancy Silverton

by Cate on December 29, 2008

Maddie Loves PastaThe night before Christmas Eve, I was strongly tempted to pick up the phone and order take-out.  I was beyond tired, and there was so much left to do that taking the easy way out for dinner was alluring to say the least.  Then I remembered what Rachael Ray always says … “I can make dinner better than any take-out meal, and usually faster too.”  And that’s with her ending her day at 10 pm most nights.  But it’s true, really.  What we can whip up in our own kitchens can seriously rival restaurant cooking (and especially take-out) anytime, but more often than not, it’s more a question of energy.

But my problem was quickly solved when I discovered this recipe for La Dolce Pasta in the January 2009 issue of In Style magazine.  The recipe is a creation from Chef Nancy Silverton (she of La Brea Bakery fame and a slew of cookbooks) from the Osteria Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles.  A favorite Hollywood Italian eatery, Osteria Mozza is a frequent celebrity haunt.

With just a few easy ingredients and less than 30 minutes of your time, you’ll be enjoying this one as much as we did (and Madeline in particular, as you can see from the picture).  And the kicker?  The whole family ate broccoli rabe!  After The Husband took a few hearty bites, I asked him how he liked it.

“Don’t worry, I’m eating the spinach.”

“It’s not spinach, it’s broccoli rabe.”

None of them could tell the difference (and it’s not like they eat spinach anyway), but the flavor it added to the dish was so mild, no one picked it out.  So score all around.  With the broccoli rabe cooking along with the pasta, this dish is done by the time the pasta is cooked.  Take that, take-out!

La Dolce Pasta
Recipe courtesy of Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza restaurant

1 box (12 oz) orecchiette
1 bunch (1-1/4 lb) broccoli rabe, trimmed and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lb (about 3 links) hot Italian sausage, casings removed (I used 4 sweet instead)
1-1/2 cups store-bought Marinara sauce
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orecchiette according to package directions.  Add broccoli rabe during last 3 minutes of cooking; drain.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook 2-3 minutes or until onion starts to soften.  Add sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon; cook until browned, about 3 minutes.  Add cooked pasta and broccoli rabe to skillet, tossing until combined.  Stir in marinara sauce; cook 1 minute or until heated through.  Sprinkle with cheeses before serving.

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sharon December 30, 2008 at 2:15 am

Nothing beats a fast & healthy dinner! I’m certainly saving this one for a weeknight feast.

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Nate December 30, 2008 at 4:47 am

These kinds of meals are pretty easy to whip up. You don’t even need store-bought marinara sauce if you have cans of stewed tomatoes at home.

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The Sister In-Law December 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

I love the picture… classic!!



Darius T. Williams December 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

Sooo – don’t cha just love quick and easy?!?!


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krhm December 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

What a cute picture! And the recipe looks awesome…printer is going as I type, because that looks like a great recipe to have on hand. What do you think it would be like with spinach? I always have spinach on hand, but rarely broccoli rabe.


Cate December 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

krhm – hey there! I think it would be great with spinach too. A perfect sub.

Darius – oh yes!

The SIL – she loves her pasta. :) Took forever to get a shot that would show the sauce up in the picture.

Nate – great suggestion. :)

Sharon – absolutely, a perfect one to have on hand.


ttfn300 January 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

sounds delicious!! and i’ve been meaning to try broccoli rabe :)

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Emily January 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

This sounds delicious! I had something similar once and I love the combination of ingredients.

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