Pork & Broccoli Rabe Bowties

It has been a while since my last post but not to worry I have still been cooking and taking pictures. I have been caught up in my sister’s wedding frenzy (maid of honor duties) and I’m in the process of buying a house. It would be very easy for me to stress eat or eat out but I have been trying my best to resist that urge. This is a dish I made a week or so ago, inspired by the famous Philly roast pork sandwich. It was pretty easy to make and satisfied the craving!

1/2 lb ground pork

1 tsp crushed red pepper flake

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 cup chopped broccoli rabe

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 cup of bow tie pasta

1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Start by browning the ground pork in a sauté pan with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. You shouldn’t have to add any oil to the pan as the pork should have enough fat. While that is cooking you can chop up your broccoli rabe. If you have never had it, it is more bitter than broccoli and wilts down really nice. I used mostly the leafy pieces and the florets and removed a lot of the fibrous stems. You can also start boiling your pasta water

Once pork has cooked through add garlic and broccoli rabe to the same pan. Toss everything together, at this point you might want to add a little bit of olive oil if needed. Once you can smell the garlic and the BR has wilted down, add the chicken broth. This will make the whole thing more of a sauce. Cook your pasta to desired doneness and toss in with pork sauce. Mix in mozzarella cheese and serve! You can top with some more cheese and red pepper flakes.

Feel free to use provolone cheese to make it more like the traditional sandwich. You could also use hot sausage in place on the ground pork. Obviously any type of paste would work but the bow ties are fun and stand up to the meaty sauce.

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