Rapini-Walnut Macaroni Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Rapini-Walnut Macaroni Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Rapini-Walnut Macaroni

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"Delicious vegetarian pasta recipe. My kids even love it! It's quick and easy...I discovered it by throwing together things I happened to have in my kitchen."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins
  • READY IN

    30 mins

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the broccoli rabe, and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Return the water to a boil, and stir in the macaroni. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, cook and stir the walnut halves in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set the walnuts aside, add the olive oil, and reduce heat to low. Stir in the garlic, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the broccoli rabe, and cook 3 minutes to reheat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then stir in the drained pasta and walnuts. Toss with Parmesan cheese before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 20, 2011

Awesome!!! This is definitely the recipe to try for rapini-beginners (it was my first attempt to cook with it) - you will be won over! Now I did tweak the recipe a bit by adding a large, diced onion into the mix with the garlic and let it caramelize a bit... the sugary, sticky onion bits are a fantastic complement to the slightly bitter rapini. I also added a healthy splash of cream towards the end (my rapini was starting to look a little dry) which made a nice 'sauce' that covered the pasta and brought the everything together. I know this is a vegetarian dish but next time I will also crumble some bacon bits on top...drooling already.... Thanks for sharing, niki!!!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 11, 2011

I was in a rush, so didn't chop the nuts. Would strongly suggest to do this cause the bites with nuts were 10x better than without. Rapini needed some help to cut the bitterness and this did it. Used extra parm cheese as well.

 
Nov 04, 2010

Really simple, really yummy! Great way to use rapini. Sounded too simple....but it was excellent. My husband & daughter loved it too!

 
May 24, 2011

Used orrichette, double the garlic, made a mix of romano and parm. Delicious and quick.

 
Apr 06, 2011

Very delicious. My boyfriend usually remarks to these kinds of dishes saying, "I don't like green stuff in my pasta" but this time he said, "I like this!" aka phenomenal. The flavors complimented each other really well and it made great left overs.

 
Apr 15, 2013

Absolutely love this! I had some rapini in my CSA box that needed using and this was perfect. I used whole wheat pasta and subbed cashews for the walnuts (what I had on hand.) I also added some onion because I needed to use that as well. I probably added more cheese than what was called for, but I feel you can never have too much cheese! An easy, quick meal that's easy to customize will always be a keeper in my book.

 
Nov 20, 2014

Make sure the rapini is fresh or the bitterness is intense. White beans ,drained, cuts some of the bitter. It is an aquired taste.

 
Mar 27, 2014

i love this kind of "whatever's in the kitchen" recipe!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 460 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.3 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 23.5 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 15.6 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 288 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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