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What to serve with Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe?

HELP! I'm having a dinner party this weekend where I'll finally meet my sister's boyfriend. I don't see her often enough, and she's specifically requested Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Italian sausage--not something I'd normally serve at a fancy dinner party.

How should I structure the menu? It's a heavy pasta dish more appropriate as an entree than as a pasta course.

First thoughts: an ap of cold grapefruit sections and shreds of Thai basil; a light broth soup with squid rings and diced vegetables; then, the orecchiette followed by a sage pudding for dessert? Any other ideas? Suggestions?

Mar 10, 2010
BlueRibbon in Home Cooking