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Rachael combines salami, ham, cheese + charred greens with short pasta for a colorful, fun and easy take on traditional antipasto.
For more easy pastas by Rach, check out her Pasta con Poblano and Zesty Corn Pasta.
- 1 small escarole, halved1 radicchio, halvedSalt and pepper 3 tablespoons EVOO, plus non-aerosol olive oil sprayAbout ¼ pound each, fine dice, of Genoa or fennel salami, hot sopressata, and end of prosciutto or meaty pancetta 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced½ cup chopped giardiniera in brine, drained and chopped¼ cup sweet or hot cherry pepper rings in brine, chopped¼ cup green Cerignola olives, pitted and chopped¾ cup white wine or dry vermouth½ cup chicken or beef stock1 pound short-cut pasta such as strozzopretti, gemelli or penne¾ pound (about 1 ½ cups diced) Italian provolone and fresh, but firm mozzarella or smoked mozzarella, combinedA fat handful of flat parsley, chopped
Heat a large pot of water to boil for pasta.
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Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Season the halved greens with salt and pepper and spray with oil, then char in pan cut-side down, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from pan and reduce heat to medium. When greens are cool enough to touch, shred them and discard the core.
Add EVOO to pan, 3 turns, then add meats and render 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, stir 1 minute, add the pickled vegetables, peppers and olives and combine. Add wine or vermouth and let it absorb. Add stock and reduce heat to low.
Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions in salted water and reserve ½ cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta, add to antipasti mixture, then add the greens and cheeses and toss 1 minute more. Serve topped with parsley.