Orecchiette con cime di rapa

Difficulty: Easy
Cost: Low
Time: 30 minutes

Orecchiette are one of the staple pastas in Puglia.
This recipe shows how to cook the traditional “Orecchiette con cime di rapa”. This version was taught me by my mother.
It’s a delicious dish and it’s very easy to cook.

Let’s get started!




To prepare this dish we need to first choose some turnip tops.

I try to find soft turnip tops so I don’t have to throw away a lot of it.

  1. Begin by washing the turnip tops with tap water, remember to remove every little bit of dirt from them.

  2. Remove the bottom end of the turnip tops and chop ‘em roughly.

  3. Fill a pot with water, throw in a little bit of salt and the turnip tops and place it on the cooker.

  4. Wait till the water starts to bubble up, then add the pasta.

  5. Prepare a pan by pouring a table spoon of olive oil in it, cut the garlic and the anchovies and throw ‘em in the pan.

  6. Put the pan on the cooker and start browning the garlic and the anchovies.

  7. When the pasta and the turnip tops are ready, drain them and pour them in to the pan.

  8. Add salt and the chopped pepper and mix it with a kitchen spoon.

  9. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

Now you’re ready to serve it!


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