Veggies

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe is one of those vegetables that simply gets a bad rap

The biggest complaint I often hear is that it is bitter

Well, I learned a method of cooking broccoli rabe from my friend Melissa, that removes the bitterness and makes this a fantastic addition to your home menu

We use broccoli rabe as a side, in pastas and even on homemade pizza!

So here is the secret…..are you ready?

Blanching!

Yep…that’s it.  Blanch your broccoli rabe in water with lemon juice and kosher salt and open a new door in the kitchen!

Trim the excess stems off of the broccoli rabe.  Put 4 cups of water into a pot, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon and add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt

Bring this to a rapid boil and drop in your broccoli rabe, cook for no more then 2-3 minutes and remove to an ice bath

Drain and chop

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You will need a 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper and 2 garlic cloves chopped

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Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a pan over medium heat

Add in your garlic and crushed red pepper

Toss and cook 5-6 minutes or until the garlic is soft but not browned

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Add in your broccoli rabe

Toss and cook 5-6 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste

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This is as a delicious and healthy side to any meal!!!

See our recipe for Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe for more inspiration

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

2 bunches of broccoli rabe

4 cups of water

1 lemon juiced

1 tablespoon of kosher salt

2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Trim excess stems from the broccoli rabe.  Place 4 cups of water in a pot, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, add in 1 tablespoon of kosher salt.  Bring to a rapid boil

Add in your broccoli rabe and blanch for no more then 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the boiling water and immediately submerge in an ice bath.  Drain and chop

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.  Add in 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped and a 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper.  Cook 5-6 minutes until the garlic is soft but not browned

Add in your broccoli rabe and toss and cook another 5-6 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste

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