June 14, 2021

Broccoli Rabe Pasta with American Lamb, Arugula, and Parmesan


Recipe by 

"Blue Bowl"

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

22 min

Total Time

32 MIN



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


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


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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