Great garlicky greens.
This sautéed broccoli rabe recipe makes a fantastic but simple Italian vegetable side. Sautéed in good olive oil and garnished with hot pepper flakes, sautéed broccoli rabe pairs well with pasta, roasts, meatballs, and lots more. Plus: learn how to cook broccoli rabe so it’s less bitter.
Meet This Sautéed Broccoli Rabe Recipe With Garlic
Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a nourishing, slightly bitter green cruciferous vegetable. Broccoli rabe is well known in Italian cuisine.
Though not as common as broccoli or even kale, rapini deserves to be part of your green vegetable rotation. This broccoli rabe recipe is easy to prepare, makes a bright addition to the dinner table, and goes well with almost many pasta dishes or Italian main courses.
This recipe combines sautéed broccoli rabe with good amounts of olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The result, while simple, is just about perfect.
How to Cook Broccoli Rabe (and Make It Less Bitter)
Some people love it, but others are put off by the natural bitterness of rapini. The sharpness can taste overwhelming if not prepared the right way. Luckily, there is an easy way to cut the bitterness of broccoli rabe so the flavor tastes more rounded. You’ll also need to know how to cook broccoli rabe to make it soft and flavorful. This is a two-step process.
To cook this vegetable dish:
- Blanch the broccoli rabe in well-salted, boiling water. You only need to blanch the rapini for about 30 seconds to one minute. The broccoli rabe softens and wilts, as the salt counters the bitterness, making a milder overall flavor.
- After the rapini is wilted, drain and transfer it right into the skillet with the olive oil and sauté it with the garlic.
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe Recipe Steps
This recipe requires just a few recipe steps — and ingredients. Here’s how to cook your broccoli rabe:
- Trim the stem ends and blanch the broccoli rabe in well-salted boiling water.
- Drain well and chop. Heat the olive oil in a wide skillet. Add the garlic, then the broccoli rabe. Season and add some hot red pepper flakes, if desired.
- Sauté the rapini and garlic for several minutes, until fully cooked and still very bright green. Serve.
What to Eat With Broccoli Rabe
This sautéed broccoli rabe recipe makes a classic side dish for many Italian recipes. My favorite ways to eat garlicky broccoli rabe is in a Philly-style hot roast pork sandwich, dripping with gravy and topped with sharp provolone cheese.
But if you don’t find yourself in Philly or in the mood for a roast pork sandwich, broccoli rabe makes an excellent side dish for many roast meats, as well as a classic Sunday tomato sauce and meatball dinner.
Love Italian rapini and other leafy greens? You’ll also love:
- Tomato, Kale + Chickpea Stew
- Spanish Garbanzos and Greens
- Broccoli Rabe Pasta With Italian Chicken Sausage
- Alice Waters’s Long-Cooked Broccoli
Sautéed Broccoli Rabe With Lots of Garlic
- 1 large head broccoli rabe, rinsed and stem ends trimmed
- Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons good olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 generous pinch hot red pepper flakes
- Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and blanch for about 1 minute, until wilted. Drain well.PRO TIP: Blanching the broccoli rabe in salted water not only keeps the color vibrant green, it also cuts some of the bitterness.
- Roughly chop the broccoli rabe into 1" to 2" pieces.
- Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until slightly golden brown.
- Add the broccoli rabe. Cook, stirring often, until very soft (about 4 to 5 minutes). Make sure the garlic does not darken or burn; add a little water and reduce the heat if necessary.
- Adjust seasoning and toss in a generous pinch of hot red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve warm. TIP: Depending on the saltiness of the water, you may need to add up to about 1/2 teaspoon more salt.
Easy, delicious side dish that i served with pasta. I loved all of the garlic.
This is so delicious with Italian sausage – CHEVALATTA, , good loaf of Italian bread., and you have a meal!
You’ve absolutely got that right! Simple, perfect.