This is an easy one dish meal with everything you need all on one plate – my favorite kind of meal!
It is basically just a pasta dish with sauteed vegetables & ricotta, with broccoli rabe as the main ingredient. Broccoli Rabe is a cruciferous vegetable that looks a lot like broccoli. The leaves, buds and stems are all edible, but the leaves tend to be a bit bitter – (but in a good way) – so use as desired. The bitterness is mellowed out by the pasta and ricotta. Other vegetables I included were tomatoes, peppers & mushrooms.
3-4 cups broccoli rabe (cut into pieces)
1 cup of red or yellow peppers (sliced)
2 cups of tomatoes (if cherry, then halved – for larger tomatoes cut into pieces)
2 cups of mushrooms (sliced)
2 – 3 TB. olive oil (and extra to drizzle on top)
1 cup of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (grated)
2 TB. of dried or fresh Italian herbs
4 – 6 cups of orecchiette pasta
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook up the pasta according to the directions on the package. (I used orecchiette, but any pasta shape works)
Cut your vegetables into pieces and saute in a few TB. of olive oil until just tender and slightly golden.
Put the ricotta cheese in a small bowl and stir in 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, half the herbs and salt & pepper. Arrange your warm cooked pasta on a platter and scatter most of the the vegetables on top. (reserve some for the top)
Add a few spoonfuls of ricotta cheese over that and stir in lightly. Add the rest of the vegetable pieces and top with the remaining parmesan, salt & pepper. Finally add a drizzle of olive oil over the dish.
Serve and enjoy!