Braised Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Total Time:
28 min
10 min
18 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Salt
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe, stems trimmed and washed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta or mortadella, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pancetta and saute for 4 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant. Do not allow the garlic to brown. Add the broccoli rabe and chicken stock, partially cover the pan and cook until the greens are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, if necessary. Serve hot or warm, with some of the cooking liquid ladled over the top.

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    Just got a batch of rabe in my CSA and whipped this up tonight- Fantastic! Easy and my kids devoured it! Of course, it didn't hurt that I tossed a 1/4 cup of grated parmesan over the top before serving. You can't go wrong with pork, greens, garlic and cheese!
    Great! It reminds me of a greens and beans style dish minus the white beans, to think this would not work is ridiculous. I added fresh lemon juice, magnifique!
    Worked very well, tasted great and the note to par-boil first is good advice. I was careful not to over cook and didn't use any stock
    Not even a one! I absolutely hated it! It was mushy and we didn't even do the chicken broth. My husband is an executive chef and he looked at this receipt and said, "this isn't going to work!". He was right. We threw it out.
    This has become one of our favorites, simply fantastic and very easy to make.
    First time I ever made broccoli rabe. It was wonderful. Brought it to Thanksgiving dinner and there was not a morsel left.
    Delish prepared this way - don't skip the blanching step though or the rabe will be quite bitter.
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