I was walking past the Native Hill Farm stand at the farmers’ market Saturday, contemplating what to make for this week’s Market Monday recipe when I overheard a conversation about how well their baby rapini paired with spicy Italian sausage.
Perfect! Especially since I had some spicy Italian sausage at home in the freezer. I had a feeling a pasta dish was in the works
Native Hill Farm is one of the few vendors at the market already offering fresh produce (things are a few weeks behind in Colorado this year, thanks to all the late-season snow). And in my opinion, they always have one of the nicest looking stands at the market.
Native Hill Farm is a four season, family run vegetable farm located in north Fort Collins, Colorado. Their fresh produce is available at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market on Saturday, through their variety of CSA programs, and every Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Beaver’s Market Farm Stand. You can read all about their farm on their website.
On of the things I love about the farmer’s market, besides the fresh, locally grown food, is the ability to find things (like rapini) that aren’t always available in grocery stores. If you’ve never heard of rapini, it often goes by the name broccoli raab (or rabe), which may be more familiar. It’s used extensively in Italian and Chinese cooking, and interestingly is closely related to turnips, not broccoli.
It’s as easy as Google to find rapini recipes on the web, and I have to say, this pasta dish was a huge hit with my family. Honestly, I thought the kids would turn their noses up at the wilted green stuff in their pasta, but they cleaned their plates! The sour cream based sauce is definitely less fattening than a traditional cream sauce–I almost convinced myself that along with the healthy greens, I was cancelling out all that sausage and cheese. Almost. You could definitely substitute another type of greens if you can’t find rapini. This would also be tasty with the addition of mushrooms.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Market Monday recipe and are inspired to try something new! Just FYI: I spent $2.50 on a huge bunch of rapini and another $3.50 on a fresh baked baguette to go along with our meal, for a total of $6 spent at this week’s market.
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