Orecchiette with Mustard Greens and Pancetta

Prep Time: 20m | Cook Time: 20m | Total Time: 40m | Serves

The peppery bite of mustard greens creates a lovely contrast to pasta, and adding pancetta gives the whole dish a boost of flavor. Use bacon or prosciutto if you prefer, or skip the meat altogether for a lighter yet still delicious dish.


Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
5 ounces pancetta (coarsely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
4 cloves Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic (large cloves, thinly sliced)
1/4 cup white wine
2 bunches Earthbound Farm Organic Mustard Greens (stems removed and leaves sliced into 1/2-inch ribbons)
  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
4 cups orecchiette pasta
  grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


Directions

Place the oil and pancetta in a very large skillet and cook over medium heat until the pancetta is crisp, about 10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic, and cook another minute, stirring constantly. Add the wine and mustard greens (it may be necessary to add them in batches), and cook until the greens are wilted and just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat; add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente (tender-firm). Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with the greens mixture. Increase the heat to high and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, adding some of the reserved pasta water if the mixture seems dry.

Divide the pasta among 4 warmed shallow bowls. Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese, if you like, and some of the pine nuts. Serve hot, with more Parmesan on the side.

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