Spaghettini Cooked in Chicken Stock With Broccolini
Reprinted from The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals. Copyright © 2014 by Eugenia Bone. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Ben Fink. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House, LLC.
- Servings: 4.
From The Kitchen Ecosystem, by Eugenia Bone.
This recipe is from the chapter about chicken and specifically demonstrates how to cook pasta in chicken stock. This recipe also showcases what it means to have a kitchen ecosystem because, as author Eugenia Bone writes, "Cooking pasta in stock is a fabulous way to get another meal out of a pot of bones and stems and peels. The pasta absorbs the flavors from the stock and leaches out starch, which thickens the stock to create a savory sauce."
She added, "I’ve made this dish as a quick supper and as an elegant dinner party first course. It goes both ways, which is key to its charm and longevity in my cooking repertoire. The sauce is created when the starch from the pasta mixes with the chicken stock. One bunch of broccoli rabe can be substituted for the broccolini, but be sure you peel the tough stems. In the summer I garnish this dish with minced cilantro, parsley, or basil, garlic, and fresh tomatoes. This recipe is my winter version. (The sautéed broccolini is delicious as a side vegetable, or tossed with roast chicken pieces. I also combine cooked broccolini with grilled sausages and cooked white beans.)"
- 2 bunches broccolini (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- Salt and hot pepper flakes
- 3/4 pound spaghettini
- 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese or ricotta salata
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop in the broccolini. As soon as the water comes back to a boil, drain the broccolini.
- In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute to soften. Do not brown. Add the pepper flakes to taste and the broccolini. Cook over medium-low heat until the broccolini is tender, about 15 minutes. You may need to add a bit more oil. Adding a little water is okay, too, if the pan seems dry. Snip the broccolini into little pieces. Add salt to taste.
- Cook the pasta according to the technique for cooking pasta in stock on (see note below). Pour the pasta into a serving plate and garnish with the broccolini and the crumbled ricotta.
About Preparing Pasta in Stocks:
You will need about 1 pint of stock for every 1/4 pound of thin pasta. Bring the stock to a boil in your pasta pot over medium-high heat. Season the stock to taste. Add the pasta. It will be stiff and stick out of the stock. Be patient. Gently push down the pasta, and after about 5 minutes it will soften and collapse into the stock. Stir often, as the pasta tends to stick together. Cook the pasta in the stock until it is al dente. You will notice the starch from the pasta thickens the stock to create a sauce. Add a little more stock or water if the pasta gets sticky Do not overcook the pasta. It is best to serve this pasta loose. Toss in the various flavorings and garnishes as specified in individual recipes.