Pasta with Braised Radicchio

Pasta with Braised Radicchio

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1997

Radicchio's main flavor characteristic is bitterness. Here, braised in a garlicky, prosciutto-enriched broth, the ruby-colored green's powerful bite melts to a mellow meatiness.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, slivered
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 2½-inch-long matchsticks
  • 2 large heads radicchio, cored and sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound whole-wheat linguine or spaghetti
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for cooking pasta. Place a pasta-serving bowl and 4 individual pasta bowls in a warm oven.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant but not brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Add prosciutto and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add radicchio, increase heat to medium and cook, turning with tongs, until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with pepper.
  3. Pour in broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until radicchio is tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place in the warm serving bowl. Add sauce and ¼ cup Parmesan; toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately, passing remaining ¼ cup Parmesan separately.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 355 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 10 g fiber; 62 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 87 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 115 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 103 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 596 mg sodium; 447 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, ½ fat

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