Broccoli Rabe (Easy Rapini Recipe)

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This Italian style broccoli rabe recipe makes a delicious side dish. So simple to make! Sautéed in good extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. We'll teach you the secret to cook them up less bitter!

– 1 lb broccoli rabe – 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – 3 garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced – sea salt to taste – large pinch crushed red pepper flakes optional


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Cook time: 12 min

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appetizer, side dish

prep Time

5 min


why you'll love italian style garlicky broccoli rapiniTruly delicious and healthy: Broccoli rabe is not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients and fiber, making it a true superfood. – Versatile recipe: Whether paired with chicken, pasta, beef, or even in sandwiches, this versatile dish is a delightful addition to any dinner table, bringing a burst of vibrant greens.

expert tips to make the perfect broccoli rabeMake it crunchy: Toss in some pine nuts, or almond slivers. Whichever one you choose to use will change the flavor a little bit of the recipe. – Make it citrusy: Add a burst of citrus with some freshly squeezed lemon juice and even some lemon zest. Brightens it up and goes very nicely with the garlic. Or even a dash of Balsamic vinegar. Add it on towards the end of cooking and it will make a decadent glaze.


What is broccoli rabe vs broccolini? Broccoli rabe and broccolini are distinct in taste and appearance. Broccolini, also called baby broccoli, is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale. It has a sweet, mild flavor with a hint of pepperiness. Its small, tender stalks have loose clusters of bud-like florets. In contrast, broccoli rabe has a more robust, bitter flavor with thinner stalks, leaves, and small broccoli-like buds.


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