Cavatelli with Roasted Broccoli Rabe & Harissa

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:


  • 1.25 Pound broccoli rabe, ends trimmed
  • 0.5 cup packed mint leaves, chopped
  • freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 Pound cavatelli
  • 0.5 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp harissa
  • 1 fresno or jalapeño chile, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • 0.25 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 cup packed parsley leaves, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a bowl, toss the broccoli rabe with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the broccoli rabe on 2 baking sheets and roast for 15 minutes, until crisp-tender, then chop.
  2. In a deep skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic, chile and harissa and cook over moderate heat, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe and smoked paprika and cook until tender, 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta, cooking water and 1/4 cup of Parmigiano to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the pasta is coated in a thick sauce, 2 minutes. Stir in the herbs and serve with more cheese.

Image Credit: Con Poulos
Recipe Courtesy of: Michael Natkin

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