Fedelini with Broccoli Rabe, Pancetta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Toasted Bread Crumbs Recipe

Fedelini with Broccoli Rabe, Pancetta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Toasted Bread Crumbs Recipe
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Fedelini pastsa

Francesco Tonelli

Fedelini pastsa

Sautéing the broccoli rabe softens its bitterness and infuses it with some of the flavor of the pancetta.

Adapted from “Healthy Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America" by the Culinary Institute of America. 


Cook the pancetta in a large sauté pan over medium heat until it the pancetta bits are crisp and the fat has rendered, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the thyme and red pepper flakes and cook just long enough to heat them, about 1 minute.

Add the broccoli rabe and sauté, stirring frequently, until it is bright green and hot, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and simmer over low heat until the broccoli rabe is tender and the broth has nearly cooked away, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with lemon juice and red pepper. Keep the broccoli rabe warm while you cook the pasta.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the fedelini and boil until tender to the bite, 7-9 minutes. Drain the fedelini through a colander, reserving about ½ cup of the pasta water.

Add the fedelini to the broccoli rabe and lift and toss to combine the ingredients over low heat. Add enough of the reserved pasta water to evenly and lightly coat the fedelini if needed (the pasta should look creamy, not oily or dry).

Serve the pasta in a heated bowl or individual plates. Top with the toasted bread crumbs, Parmesan, and parsley.


Calories per serving:

569 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 9%
  • Carbs 106g 35%
  • Saturated 1g 7%
  • Fiber 7g 27%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 23g 45%
  • Cholesterol 6mg 2%
  • Sodium 173mg 7%
  • Calcium 121mg 12%
  • Magnesium 94mg 23%
  • Potassium 573mg 16%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 342mg 49%
  • Vitamin A 107µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 19mg 32%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 15%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 95µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 170µg 212%
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