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Remember that post where I talked about our vege CSA and how we received a lot of vegetables that we had to google because we had absolutely no idea what they were?  Yep, this is one of them.  Upon first glance, you think maybe it’s some type of ‘green’, you know mustard green, collard green – something green.  Partly because it is, well, green and partly because anything that looks like lettuce but isn’t lettuce always ends up being something like that – kale, swiss chard all of those to me are ‘something’ green.  Then you get a little smarter and you know it’s not actually mustard greens or collard greens because I have actually seen those before and this, I’m pretty sure, I’ve never seen.  We actually called it Kale for the longest time.  Neighbors would come over and we’d break out the broccoli liscia and ask them to guess what it was – everyone guessed Kale.  I think I’ve actually seen that before.  I think.  Maybe it is kale  for all I know – sometimes people like to name things different names just to confuse us (fennel is also called anise for example).  So, off to the internet we go to look up what was in our vege box this week – broccoli liscia.  It doesn’t look a thing like broccoli so don’t let that confuse you, or lead you astray if you hate broccoli.  It is NOTHING like broccoli.

You see?  It looks like this…

We found this recipe from our CSA providers Be Wise Ranch and adapted it a bit (our adapted version is below, you can click on Be Wise Ranch link to see the original recipe).  Here’s the recipe & a picture.  The picture is actually using swiss chard.  We forgot to take a picture when we used the broccoli liscia, but to be truthful, it looks pretty much the same and tastes quite similar too:


Penne with Broccoli Liscia
This recipe is based on one from Be Wise Ranch CSA in San Diego, CA. We are members and didn’t know what to do with Broccoli Liscia and they provided this recipe to help out those like us. It originally used Orecchiette but since that is less common to find than Penne I substituted the Orecchiette for Penne, sure it would be great with either.
1 cup   chicken or vegetable stock
1 lb   penne (Italian pasta, half sphere-like)(You can use penne pasta as a substitute)
1/4 cup   olive oil
3 whole   garlic cloves, crushed (large)
1 1/2 lbs   broccoli Liscia or swiss chard
1/4 tsp   crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp   salt
1/2 lb   Spicy Italian sausage, sliced and sauteed until browning
2 tsp   unsalted butter
1/2 cup   parmigiano-reggiano cheese, freshly grated
1    Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain well.
2    Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the sausage over moderately high heat until it starts to brown.
3    Add the garlic to the sausage and cook until it is golden. Stirring frequently to prevent burning.
4    Slice diagonally the stem and floret of the broccoli raab and coarsely chop and add the broccoli raab greens.
5    Add the broccoli raab, crushed red pepper and salt; cover and steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6    Stir in the hot chicken stock and butter and cook over high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.
7    Add the orecchiette to the skillet and toss gently.
8    Sprinkle half the Parmigiano on top and toss again.
9    Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.
Servings: 4
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Cooking TimesPreparation Time: 20 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutes
Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (2.7 ounces).Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
4 of the recipe’s ingredients were not linked.
These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.Recipe TypeMain Dish, Spicy, Warm
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224.5
Calories From Fat (80%) 179.53
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20.22g 31%
Saturated Fat 4.93g 25%
Cholesterol 22.1mg 7%
Sodium 469.48mg 20%
Potassium 122.02mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g <1%
Fiber 0.08g <1%
Sugar 0.04g  
Protein 9.32g 19%

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