Healthy Broccoli Rabe Recipes

Find healthy, delicious broccoli rabe recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Broccolini, Chicken Sausage & Orzo Skillet

Rating: 5 stars
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We love this quick skillet meal for busy evenings. The sausage and orzo simmer together in chicken broth, resulting in a creamy, risotto-like dish in under 30 minutes.

Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 3.25 stars
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This steak, broccoli rabe and pea dinner is a one-skillet meal that will be on your table in just 25 minutes! The pan drippings combine with mushroom, broth and grainy mustard to make a thick and delicious sauce.

Broccoli Rabe & Turkey Sausage Lasagna

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This healthy broccoli rabe and turkey sausage lasagna recipe has plenty of vegetables and goes light on sausage, so it's lower in fat and calories than traditional lasagna recipes. The recipe makes enough for two 8-by-8-inch casseroles (four servings each)--have one for dinner tonight and freeze the other for a night when you don't have time to make dinner. Or, feel free to make one larger lasagna (in a 9-by-13-inch pan) instead of two smaller ones; just increase the cooking time a bit for the larger pan size.

Chicken and Broccolini Cavatelli

Tender chicken, fresh Broccolini, and Italian pasta served in a light, creamy sauce makes an easy skillet supper that's a little bit fancy.

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Chickpeas

Rating: 3.83 stars
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The assertive flavor of broccoli rabe and rosemary are paired with sturdy chickpeas in this satisfying pasta dish. When buying broccoli rabe, check to make sure the bottoms of the stems are relatively tight, green and moist. If the broccoli rabe at your store is past its prime--or if you prefer a milder taste--use broccolini or regular broccoli instead. Garnish with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Vietnamese-Flavored Broccoli Rabe

Rating: 4.4 stars
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A simple dressing of fish sauce, lime juice and hot pepper gives broccoli rabe a Vietnamese twist. Try it with grilled pork and rice.

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic & Anchovies

Rating: 5 stars
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Pungent broccoli rabe (or broccoli rape, broccoli raab or rapini) is tossed with a rich mixture of garlic, olive oil and anchovies in this easy side dish.

Roasted Swordfish & Broccoli Rabe with Piccata Butter

A compound butter made with capers, lemon, garlic and parsley punches up this quick and healthy fish dinner recipe.

Grilled Broccoli Rabe

Rating: 5 stars
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Although somewhat unconventional, grilling dark leafy greens like broccoli rabe is a fun way to add subtle smokiness. Here, we bump up the flavor by tossing it with a garlic-rosemary vinaigrette.

Broccoli Rabe, White Bean & Fontina Pasta

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Use any vegetable in place of pungent broccoli rabe to make this a family-pleaser. Make it a Meal: round out the meal with a fresh salad of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Broccoli Rabe with Cannellini Beans

Rating: 4 stars
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Broccoli rabe can be a bitter bomb. Some people love it, while others… not so much. In this easy recipe, we cook the broccoli rabe for a few minutes in boiling water to tame its bitter bite. Serve with roasted chicken and potatoes.

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Stir-Fried Chinese Broccoli

In this Asian stir-fried vegetable recipe, a touch of sugar is added to balance the bitterness of Chinese broccoli. Serve with Asian-marinated meat and brown rice for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Quick Stovetop Mac & Cheese with Broccoli Rabe

A swirl of prepared pesto gives this healthy mac and cheese recipe instant delicious flavor. If broccoli rabe is too bitter, try using broccolini or regular broccoli instead.

Risotto with Broccoli Rabe & Red Pepper

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Sweet red bell pepper balances the bitterness of broccoli rabe in this vegetable risotto recipe. If you can't find broccoli rabe, use chard instead. For an easy risotto method, we've also included instructions for making this dish in the microwave. Make it a meal: Serve with Arugula & Strawberry Salad.