June 14, 2021

Broccoli Rabe Pasta with American Lamb, Arugula, and Parmesan

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Recipe by 

"Blue Bowl"

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

22 min

Total Time

32 MIN

Servings

6

lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini

Ingredients

1 pound American Ground Lamb

2 large cloves garlic, (minced)

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 pound Rigatoni pasta (or a pasta with similar size and cook time)

2 heads broccolini, (chopped into florets)

1 cup pasta water

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup shaved parmesan

2 cups baby arugula

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Start the Pasta: Fill a large pot or Dutch oven about 3/4 of the way full with water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add your pasta. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, move below one step to start cooking your lamb at the same time.)

Once the 8 minutes are up, add the broccoli, making sure it's all or mostly submerged in the water. Cook for 4-7 more minutes, with the lid on but vented, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and broccoli are done to your liking. Once done, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest out of the pot.

Cook the American Lamb: Add the ground lamb and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat, and season the lamb with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat as it cooks, until it's completely browned through. Place a couple of paper towels in a strainer and spoon the lamb into the strainer to drain the grease.

*Note: The USDA recommends that lamb reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F with a 3-minute rest.

Finish it Up: Add the cooked lamb to the pot with the pasta and broccoli, over medium low heat. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, along with the arugula, heavy cream and parmesan. Stir everything together well, and let it cook for a couple of minutes so the arugula can wilt and the pasta gets nice and saucy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Serve and store:

Serve with another sprinkle of parmesan, and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days

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