Linguini with Rabe and Parsley Pesto

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, May 7, 2013

Aired May 7, 2013

Serves 4
1 large bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 2- to 3-inch lengths
About 1/2 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 small red chili pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced, divided
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cups flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
3 to 4 anchovy filets, drained (if in oil) or rinsed (if in salt) and chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon paprika
1 pound linguine

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

In a large, deep skillet, bring about 1 1/2 to 2 inches water to a boil. Salt water and par-boil the rabe to cook out the bitterness, about 5 minutes. Drain and return pan to heat. Heat about 3 tablespoons oil, 3 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add onions, chili and half the garlic, and saut to tender. Add rabe and season with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock and reduce heat to low simmer.

Add parsley, remaining garlic, pine nuts, anchovies, lemon zest and juice, black pepper, paprika and about 1/4 cup EVOO to a food processor. Pulse into a pesto sauce and adjust salt to taste. Transfer sauce to large shallow bowl.

Cook pasta to al dente. Add about a cup of hot starchy cooking water to the pesto and stir. Drain linguine and add to sauce along with the rabe. Toss the pasta and sauce vigorously for 1-2 minutes to evenly coat pasta and to distribute the rabe.