I spend easter near Ostuni in Puglia and discovered cima di rapa which is a traditional vegetable from Puglia and traditionally served together with the pasta orecchiette. Since around 1 year also available in Berlin, but I never tried it. So living in Puglia of course I had to try it. I looked in the fridge what I could add. First rule, keep it simple!

Cima di rapa taste like a mix of spinach and broccoli. Here more info: How to Grow Cima di Rapa


250g orecchiette
500g cima di rapa
1 zucchini
1 spring onion
1 clove crushed garlic
dash lemon juice
grated parmesan


  1. Boil water for the pasta
  2. Sauté chopped zucchini and chopped spring onion in olive oil, also add crushed garlic
  3. Blanch roughly chopped cima di rapa in the pasta water for around 3-5min.
  4. Remove from the water and add it directly to the zucchini and combine it. Add a dash of lemon
  5. Cook pasta in the same boiling water of cima di rapa. Drain pasta, put it to the zucchini&cima di rapa and combine.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan. ENJOY

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