To me, cime di rape with pasta ( you can have it with spaghetti, linguine or penne, if you like!) was the signature tune of our Saturday dinners, in Winter. I can still remember coming home from school on a Saturday and being "invested" by the moist, bitter smelling steam produced by the vegetable, as the door was opened to let me into the house.
To me, this also was the smell of Christmas Eve, it was the smell of home, in Winter, when, as a child, I would run to the steamed up windows and, overlooking a traffic jam, downstairs, I would draw a house, with a chimney and smoke coming out of it.
I don't think I had ever seen a house with a chimney, in those days, as I lived in a big city, but I now know, for sure, that when a child draws a house with a smokey chimney, it means that that child has a happy home. And what a happy home Rosa, with the beautiful smile and sweet, quiet Leonardo had made for us.
I will always be grateful to my parents, no matter what happens in my life, for having provided me with such happy beginnings and a childhood full of sweet, tender, untold love and for the loving memories.
Anyway! Here is my recipe:
500 gr orecchiette pasta
or spaghetti, penne or linguine