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Braised Broccoli Rabe with Orecchiette


From EatingWell:  May/June 2009, January/February 1998

Here we mellow broccoli rabe's bitterness just a bit by plunging it into boiling water for a minute before adding it to the pasta. For a variation, try adding crumbles of browned Italian turkey sausage.

4 servings, 1 2/3 cups each | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes



  1. Cook broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling water until bright green and still crisp, about 1 minute. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Coarsely chop.
  2. Combine oil, garlic, rosemary and crushed red pepper in a large pot; cook, stirring, over medium heat, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth (or water) and bring to a boil. Add pasta and the broccoli rabe. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve in shallow bowls, sprinkled with walnuts.


Per serving : 342 Calories; 9 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 56 g Carbohydrates; 15 g Protein; 9 g Fiber; 686 mg Sodium; 168 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 fat

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