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Cooking Broccoli Rabe

March 17th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Here is my green recipe!

Have you ever eaten Broccoli Rabe?  Have you ever heard of it?  I had never had it until I met my husband.  His dad made it for us, served over pasta.  It has an odd flavor.  A flavor that I did not like the first time I had it!  Now it is my favorite leafy green and I always ask for it to be part of my birthday dinner!  (On Wikipedia, they say the flavor has been described as nutty, bitter, pungent and an acquired taste!)


This is a very easy and basic way to prepare Broccoli Rabe.  If you don’t like it’s flavor, try it a second time!  It is worth it.  You might come to love it and request  it as part of your special birthday  dinner each year!

You will need:

1 bunch of broccoli rabe

2 cloves of garlic

olive oil

salt to taste

Broccoli Rabe

  • At the store, pick out a bunch of broccoli rabe that looks clean and doesn’t have any old slimy parts on it.  Also try to avoid bunches that have yellow leaves.  Those are old.
  • Cut the end of the stalks off and discard.  If the stalks don’t look too woody, you don’t have to cut off as much.


  • Wash it really well.  One time I didn’t do a great washing job and ended up with tiny green winged bugs in my cooked deliciousness.  I had to throw it out.
  • Put about one inch of water into a pot that it will fit in.  I think this pot is about 3 quarts.
  • Add about 3/4 tsp of salt (more or less to taste)
  • Cut the broccoli rabe into about 2 inch pieces.
  • Put it into the pot and cover.  The broccoli rabe can be heaping, it will shrink a lot when it cooks.
  • Heat on the stove on high heat until it comes to a boil and starts to steam.
  • Turn down to low, as long as it keeps making steam.
  • Open carefully and stir it up after about 7 minutes.
  • Let it cook for about 15 minutes total.  Check for doneness by poking a thick part of stem with a fork.  If it’s tender, it’s ready!
  • Drain it and pour on the garlic and oil that you have made (below).

Look at how much the broccoli rabe has shrunk during cooking!
Look at how much the broccoli rabe has shrunk during cooking!


  • While the broccoli rabe is cooking, slice two cloves of garlic.
  • Saute them in about 3 tbs of olive oil until they are cooked.  You can also add red pepper flakes to taste if you like things spicy!
  • Take it off the heat and wait for the broccoli rabe to be cooked.


You can serve this over pasta or serve it as a side dish.  You can even add cooked sausage!  I hope you like it!

Now, go on over the Kim’s Tasty Tuesday at Forever Wherever to see what else is cooking!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Angela // Mar 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I admit, I thought it was a way to cook broccoli…but it looks more like a green (ie: mustard or turnip)? I love me some greens, so if it’s anything like that, I am definitely on board!

    Angela’s last blog post..Greek ?! Couscous

  • 2 Kim @ Forever Wherever // Mar 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Alright, I do agree with Angela about it looking like greens. But, I don’t eat those…no, thank you. We all love broccoli so I bet we would like it! It’s a must try! Thanks for sharing and your photos and tutorial were awesome!

    Kim @ Forever Wherever’s last blog post..Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods – Irish Celebration!

  • 3 spread your wings // Mar 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    i have never had it, but it sounds like something I would like. thanks for sharing.

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  • 4 Lmerie // Mar 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    That sounds tasty!!

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  • 5 Mary Beth // Mar 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

    This looks and sounds so good! I love broccoli but have never tried (as far as I know) broccoli rabe….something to add to my list of to do’s. Thanks so much!

    Mary Beth’s last blog post..Caramelized Apple Cupcakes

  • 6 Angela // Mar 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Gayle, you don’t eat greens?! Honey, you’re missing out! There is nothing like fresh cooked turnip greens w/ vinegar on them in the summertime…have mercy! Can you tell I’m from the south?! :-)
    I am going to look up b rabe next time I’m at the grocery!

    Angela’s last blog post..Greek ?! Couscous

  • 7 diane // Mar 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    i like to ake broccolie rabe with sausages and rice

  • 8 Marilyn // Mar 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Wonderful! Love it.

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