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Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 as a side servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 5 ingredients

Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini or broccolini, is more pungent and bitter than regular broccoli. Broccoli rabe is part of the cruciferous family which is widely believed to have cancer fighting properties. Blanching the...


  • 1 pound broccoli rabe, rinsed, ends trimmed (see Chef Tips for regular broccoli)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and thinly sliced
  • Sea salt, to taste
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Nutrition Facts


56 cals


4 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


4 g


1 g


3 g


4 g


273 mg


  1. Bring water to a boil and blanch the broccoli rabe for 2-3 minutes, until the stems are al dente.  Drain well.
  2. In a wide skillet, heat olive oil and red pepper flakes, if using, over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook just until the garlic begins to turn golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Add the drained broccoli rabe and salt, toss to coat and saute for 2 minutes.  Serve.

Chef Tips

If you cannot find broccoli rabe, regular brocooli will work fine. The florets will only need to be blanched for 1-2 minutes, and the stems should be peeled, cut into strips and cooked with the garlic in step 2, until they begin to brown.

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