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.

Elizabeth Hiser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Serve in shallow bowls, sprinkled with walnuts.


Tip: To toast chopped walnuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

329 calories; protein 14.8g; carbohydrates 54.9g; dietary fiber 8.8g; sugars 6.2g; fat 8g; saturated fat 0.9g; vitamin a iu 7391.5IU; vitamin c 105.1mg; folate 40.6mcg; calcium 91.6mg; iron 3.4mg; magnesium 94.2mg; potassium 169.3mg; sodium 911.3mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Not so good. This did not maximize the flavors of the broccoli rabe - it was overcooked by far. The dish ended as more of a soup/stew than I would have liked and the vegetable broth I used overwhelmed the flavors of the aromatics. I would not make it again. Ellen Edina MN Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We enjoyed this recipe and I plan to make it again. The only thing I am going to do differently is skip the cooking in step #1. It didn't seem necessary because the broccoli rabe cooks in the broth in step #2. Nice combination of flavors. 'Lynda Boston MA Read More