Recession Specials 5

What if I told you this dinner cost $5 and change?

You probably wouldn’t believe me, but it’s true.

If you discount the fact that I already had a tub of grated Parmesan cheese and a bottle of white wine I’d bought the week before, Wednesday night’s dinner cost $5.25. A head of broccoli rabe, a box of pasta, and a couple of lemons. As far as recession specials go, that’s a steal.


Pasta with broccoli rabe, garlic and lemon
2007 Lillà Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

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3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 anchovy fillet
broccoli rabe, coarsely chopped
lemon zest
juice of half a lemon
freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
cooked pasta, drained

Gently warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low to medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until cloves become lightly golden. Discard garlic or reserve for another use. Add anchovy fillet. Mash fillet into garlic-infused oil, letting it disintegrate into the sauce, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Add broccoli rabe. Cook, stirring frequently until leaves are slightly wilted and stalks turn a bright green, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove skillet from heat.

Add cooked, drained pasta. Toss to coat. Check seasoning (you shouldn’t need it — but it’s your call). Serve at once, passing cheese at the table.

If you want to make this vegetarian, substitute caramelized onions or onion confit for the anchovy.

5 thoughts

  1. 1. Thanks Arnie. I’ll be posting more often, just been busy with real life.

    2. Urs — for a while I thought this foodblog was too carb-heavy. It’s good to know that someone feels otherwise. 🙂

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  2. If I find myself in your fair city, I absolutely must get an invite for dinner. I’ll even pay for the supplies. I’ll even spring for an extra bottle of wine.

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  3. THAT I’m going to try to cook, it looks delicious, it’s pouring rain, and you have, once again, made me feel starved ……. for fabulous food once again. In our fridge right now are plain Momma comfort foods: Swiss Steak, a Marinara/Pesto Spaghetti sauce w/meatballs…… nothing as fabulous as yours. THANKS again!

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