Penne With Broccoli Liscia

Do you know what broccoli liscia is? Yeah, me neither. When it first showed up in our CSA box, we had no idea what it was or what to do with it. Some quick Googling showed that it’s a leafy green with a very mild, almost sweet flavor. Not at all like broccoli or broccoli raab, but a very nice green all the same. My favorite way to use it is in my morning breakfast smoothies, but we’ve also discovered this easy pasta recipe as well. And if you can’t come by liscia, then spinach, chard, or even kale would probably work well as a substitute.

Penne With Broccoli Liscia

Recipe adapted from Be Wise Ranch

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 pound penne pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 pounds broccoli liscia
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound Canadian bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, freshly grated

Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain well. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat until golden. Coarsely chop broccoli liscia leaves, removing and discarding the thick parts of stems.

Add the broccoli liscia, crushed red pepper and salt to the skillet; cover and steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the hot chicken stock, bacon and butter and cook over high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the penne to the skillet and toss gently. Sprinkle half the Parmigiano on top and toss again. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

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~ by spontaneoustruth on May 19, 2011.

One Response to “Penne With Broccoli Liscia”

  1. Yey! another Be Wise box holder. Thanks for the good idea. Isn’t it the best finding new stuff in our box of amazing, real food? We have gotten this box for nearly 20 years. Kale is my fave.

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