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March 14, 2006



That's a LOT of stripping, no doubt! I wonder if the 'tang' of broccoli rabe would be a good substitute? It's got a little of that peppery bite, too, and at least in the stores near me, is easier to find good and fresh.


Great idea to use watercress! Could you not have used some of the tender parts of the stem too? (I suspect I would because I'm lazy.)

Alanna, yes, broccolirabe works fabulously with this combination. We often have a similar version of this pasta - using smoked ham instead of prociutto, garlic, onions and blackened dried chillies.

In fact, that is exactly what we're having tonight for dinner! But the broccolirabe has to be cooked a bit. What we do is cook the chillis, ham, garlic and onions while the pasta water is coming to a boil. Then just after adding spaghettini to the boiling water, we throw the chopped broccolirabe into the garlic mixture along with a spoonful or two of pasta water. Lid on to cook the broccolirabe - about 5 minutes or so.



Alanna and Elizabeth,

Yes, I think the broccoli rabe is a good idea. I like this kind of pasta recipe because you can play around with it, to reach your desired end. I do like the watercress, because it has a nice tang and it looks pretty. But, I won't make this when I need to do something fast!!!!!


This looks sooooo good! Just got in from a 14 hour work day & I wish I had that right now--even though it is 8 at night. Yum.


Fran--14 hours? Yikes! You deserve something good. Hope you get some good sleep.


Great colors! I can eat watercress all day.

eqj  (the chocolate lady)

Mmm, I love greens with pasta. I made spaghetti with arugula this week--much easier to process--and I will try watercress too, maybe with bits of sun-dried tomato instead of prosciut'


Chocolate lady,

Yes, I thought of arugula too. It has that slight bitterness that would be good--and much easier than stripping cress!



Yes, I could too--I just don't want to strip it off it's stems all day!


I just don't have anything to say these days. I've just been sitting around doing nothing. More or less nothing seems worth bothering with.


My life's been bland. I've basically been doing nothing to speak of, but what can I say? Not that it matters. Eh. Such is life.

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