Sometimes we get busy. Really busy. That’s no excuse not to make yourself a great meal at home. After all, you deserve a good home-cooked meal. We brought Pat Lizzi of Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge into the CTV kitchen to teach us a quick dish we can all make for dinner in 20 minutes or less.

Making Pasta Rapini with Mezzo Ristorante & Arms Bumanlag
Making Pasta Rapini with Mezzo Ristorante & Arms Bumanlag

Pasta with Rapini


  • 2 Rapini, trimmed
  • 4 cups penne pasta (or other pasta) uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup parmigiano cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot filled with boiling water, cook the pasta as directed on package. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a second large pot filled with salted, boiling water blanch the rapini for about 3 to 4 minutes
  3. Set aside 125ml (1/2 cup) of the rapini cooking water. Drain and immediately stop the rapini from cooking further by rinsing with cold water.
  4. In a Sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat and brown the garlic for 1 minute. Add the rapini and continue cooking for 1minute, stirring frequently.
  5. Add pasta and the cooking water to the rapini, warm the pasta with rapini and sprinkle with the Parmigiano cheese.
  6. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 people
Preparation 5 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes