Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, is one of those green veggies that can be used in a lot of dishes, and a vegetable that's popped up in all sorts of different cuisines. Specifically, it's very popular in Southern Italian cuisines. This green vegetable can be cooked in a side dish, with other veggies like green beans or Chinese broccoli, and in a number of other meals. If you need some ideas for weeknight meals, take a gander at some of the broccoli rabe recipes we've gathered below.
1. Sautéed Broccoli Rabe With Garlic and Chili Flakes
In this dish, the rabe is sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes after blanching in boiling water in a large pot. See the recipe.
2. Baked Broccoli Rabe With Parmesan
The New York Times cooking section probably knows good recipes, right? Check out their recipe for broccoli rabe that you saute and add delicious parmesan cheese to.
3. Broccoli Rabe with Chile and Garlic
This broccoli rabe recipe involves both crushed red pepper flakes and a whopping 8 garlic cloves, but I think we all know you can never have enough garlic. See the recipe.
4. Bitter Greens Salad with Broccoli Rabe Pesto, Italian Sausage and Fresh Mozzarella
The name of this recipe alone got our attention! It's got the aforementioned ingredients, plus kosher salt, basil leaves, pistachios, mascarpone, and so much more. See it here.
5. Garlicky Broccoli Rabe
Another recipe with lots of garlic, this recipe takes just 20 minutes of total time to make including the time it takes to drain and dry the veggie after you cook broccoli rabe in boiling salted water. It recommends serving with lemon wedges as well. See the recipe.
6. Broccoli Rabe with Garlic & Anchovies
If you're an anchovy fan, this recipe is for you! It's touted as being heart-healthy, low calorie, low carbohydrate, gluten-free, and diabetic-appropriate.
7. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli Rabe
I'm a big Brussels sprouts fan, so this one had to go on the list. Balsamic vinegar and sea salt add extra delicious touches to the dish. See it here.
8. Spiralized Fennel and Broccoli Rabe Gratin
Break out your spiralizer, fennel, shallots, Gruyère cheese, and more for this recipe! All that cheese and a golden-brown crust -- yum!
9. Pappardelle with Pancetta, Broccoli Rabe, and Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are another favorite of mine, and who doesn't love pancetta? This broccoli rabe recipe is a little more complicated, but you've got this. See it here.
10. Turnip Hash with Broccoli Rabe
I've never heard of turnip hash, but this recipe sure makes it look good! Plum tomatoes, parsnips, Yukon gold potatoes, onion, and thyme round out this recipe.
11. Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Polenta
This recipe could be especially good for a chilly night. White wine and crushed tomatoes in puree make their way into this recipe, which looks beyond delicious. See it here.