Broccoli Rabe with Olives & Garlic (Broccoli di Rape Stufati)

In this healthy Italian vegetable side recipe, garlic, olives and olive oil tone down broccoli rabe's bitterness a bit. Serve with your favorite Italian pasta, chicken or steak.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe (about 2 pounds)

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and coarsely chopped

  • ½ small dried hot red chile pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup very small black olives (NiÀ§oise-type), pitted


  1. Discard any coarse, yellowing or wilted broccoli rabe leaves. Cut away tough stems, leaving the flowers and stalks and the tender young side leaves. Thoroughly wash, leaving some water still clinging to the leaves.

  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a deep pot, large enough to hold all the broccoli rabe. Add garlic and chile pepper; cook, stirring, just until the garlic starts to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe by the handful, letting it wilt a bit before adding more. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is tender and just a few spoonfuls of liquid remain in the pan, 15 to 20 minutes. (The water on the leaves should be plenty for cooking, but check the pan from time to time and add water if necessary.)

  3. Stir well to coat. Season with salt and stir in olives. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
11g Fat
4g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 7%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 2764IU 55%
Vitamin C 27mg 29%
Folate 87mcg 22%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 218mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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