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Rapa e Patata- Rapini and Potatoes


  • 1 bunch of rapini
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium potatoes (peeled, boiled in salted water and mashed)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 23 anchovies finely chopped (optional)
  • chili flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. To prepare the rapini, trim the stalk ends and discard. Remove and discard any discoloured leaves. Wash the rapini really well. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then add the rapini and cook until tender but not mushy. Drain well, let cool slightly, chop into small pieces then squeeze out any excess water. Set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and pepper and cook until tender. Then add the garlic and saute together for a couple of minutes.
  3. Next, add the anchovies and chili flakes and cook altogether for a few minutes stirring constantly until the anchovies dissolve.
  4. Add the chopped/drained greens and stir to mix well and heat through.
  5. Finally, add the mashed potatoes and stir all the ingredients together with a spatula until evenly mixed. Adjust for seasoning if necessary.
  6. Cook until the potatoes are heated through.
  7. Serve while warm.


  • If you have pickled red peppers, they are really tasty in this recipe.
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