Broccoli Rabe and Salami Pasta


  • Salt
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound rigatoni with lines, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus some to pass at table
  • 1/3 pound salami, chopped (Genoa, sopressata, hot or sweet, or a mix)
  • Black pepper


Bring 2 inches water in a deep skillet to a boil for broccoli rabe and 1 large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Salt the water liberally.

Simmer the broccoli rabe in water 10 to 12 minutes, then drain. Return the skillet to medium heat with 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Add garlic and red pepper to the oil and gently cook a couple of minutes, add broccoli rabe and cook 5 minutes more.

While the broccoli rabe cooks, drop the rigatoni into the boiling water and cook until al dente. Just before draining reserve 1 cup starchy liquid.

Combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salami and black pepper, to taste, in a pasta bowl. Add the starchy liquid and stir. Add the broccoli rabe and pasta and toss 2 minutes to coat and combine

Cook Time: 25 min

Level: Easy

Yield: 4 servings