Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe Gnudis with Goat Cheese and Italian Sausages - Gnudi di Cime di Rapa e Caprino

January 16, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Gnudi is typical from Florence and is a mixture of dark leaf vegetables and ricotta which are made into small balls and cooked. They are extremely light and have a wonderful taste. These gnudis are made with tender broccoli rabe leaves and Italian sausage and baked in a cheese sauce . —Maria Teresa Jorge

What You'll Need
  • 3 bunches young tender broccoli rabe
  • 16 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 11 ounces fresh ricotta
  • 9 ounces all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Italian sausages
  • 1.8 ounces grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.8 ounces Provolone cheese
  • 200 milliliters cream
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 ounces butter cut up in little pieces
  1. Wash and cook the broccoli rabe for 15 minutes. Drain and squeeze out the excess water. When cool, chop very finely.
  2. Remove the casing from the sausages and crumble the sausage meat.
  3. In a sautée pan, melt the butter. When it starts sizzling add the sausage and cook until golden brown. Add the chopped broccoli rabe and mix, cooking 3 minutes to mix the tastes.
  4. In a bowl, add the goat cheese, the ricotta, the sausage and broccoli rabe mixture, 1 ounce of parmesan and 1 ounce of Provolone. Mix very well until well combined. Add 2/3 of the sifted flour and mix. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Dust your hands with a little flour and make small balls with the cheese, broccoli and sausage mixture. As you make them, put them on the lined tray. Use as little flour as possible when doing them.
  7. Butter an oven proof dish.
  8. In a large pot, bring water with a little salt to a boil and as soon as it reaches boiling point drop a few Gnudi at a time. As soon as they float up remove them with a strainer and put in the buttered plate.
  9. Melt the remaining Parmesan and Provolone in the cream over low heat. Pour this mixture over the gnudis, sprinkle the cut up butter and pass under the grill a few minutes to brown the top

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4 Reviews

Renee B. October 27, 2013
Would kale be a good substitute for the broccoli rabe?
Babette's F. January 16, 2010
Now this I really have to try! Great recipe! Thanks for posting it.
Maria T. January 22, 2010
Thanks for the comment.
Maria T. January 16, 2010
Sorry but didn't explain well the last step. You only put a little bit of butter on top 2 teaspoons maximum, not the 2 ounces - this butter is to fry the sausage in step 3.