Lamb and Rapini Pasta with Herb Oil

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Herb Oil:

  • 2 cups parsley stems, patted dry (stems from 1 bunch of parsley)
  • 1 cup olive oil

Pasta:

  • 1 pkg (340 g pkg) Italpasta Gluten Free Spaghetti
  • 1 lb lean ground lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch rapini, trimmed, chopped and blanched
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

Herb Oil:

  • In blender, purée parsley stems and oil until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth; set aside. (Can be refrigerated for up to 1 week).

Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, in large skillet set over medium heat, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) parsley oil; cook lamb, garlic, salt and pepper for 5 to 8 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Stir in rapini and chili flakes; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  • Toss together pasta, cooking liquid, half of the Parmesan cheese and lemon juice until well coated.
  • Divide among 6 pasta bowls. Garnish with remaining Parmesan and drizzle with remaining parsley oil.

Tips

For restaurant-style plating, twirl pasta together with tongs for each portion to make a neat plate of piled-high pasta.
Tips for Zero Food Waste

Spaghetti: Toss spaghetti with butter, cooking liquid and Parmesan for a quick Alfredo sauce or add pepper for cacio e pepe.

Parmesan: Add rind to flavour soups or sauces. Make Parmesan crackers: Grate Parmesan and mound tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for about 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Let cool completely.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 51g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 510mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g