Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper

This is a recipe for how to cook Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper. It’s so easy to make and a very healthy Italian side dish. But more importantly, it’s super delicious and flavorful!

A plate of Broccoli RAbe with Garlic on an oval plate with the left side of the plate cut off.

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My inlaws came in to spend the long weekend with us- we’ve been having an excellent time! A was pretty much bursting at the seams with excitement. They were delayed a bit with all the rain and didn’t actually get in until around 9pm. And lucky A, we decided to let her stay up late to greet them. She was literally jumping up and down when they pulled in, it was awesome!

In general it was a fantastic weekend. We always have so much fun when they visit, especially the girls. At one point A had all four of her grandparents in the same room and she could not have been happier about that! She took her Beauty and the Beast tea set out (which Nana and Papi got her for Christmas) and made a big show of serving us all tea, one by one, over and over again.

A close up view of broccoli rabe with garlic in a saute pan.

T has made some huge strides in terms of walking. I’ll talk more in depth about this in her fourteen month update (which I’m totally late on, I’m sorry guys, life has been crazy!). Suffice it to say that I told them she was waiting for them to walk and I think I was right. Prior tot this past weekend she has taken a few steps here and there, but not much.

But this weekend, she did a large amount of walking and made it longer distances too! She actually walked across the entire kitchen! It’s amazing to watch and I’m glad J’s parents got to share in these special moments as well.

Overall, the weekend was filled with a lot of eating (and the usual big family breakfasts that we Freimann’s adore, as some of you got a small taste of in my Facebook Live on Sunday morning in my Facebook Group, which you should totally join if you haven’t already), relaxation, quality time with family and lots of laughter!


So here’s the big recipe-related question. Is it Broccoli Rabe? Or Rapini? Rappi? Rabe? Perhaps it’s simply Greens? Whatever you call them, I like them and I can’t wait to share this recipe with you!

This is one of my Grandma Rosie’s recipes that was in her rotation. I’m not even sure if rotation is the best word because she made it very frequently. She had a number of dishes that always seemed to be readily available whenever I went over there. Other standbys included Zucchini Soup, Peppers and Eggs, Sandwich Steaks. And of course, the pinnacle: Sunday Sauce (swoon).

An overhead shot of a portion of a pan full of Broccoli Rabe with Garlic.

In truth it took me a little while to warm up to rappi. While I consciously knew that everything she made was delicious, sometimes kids get weird about green foods (as we all know, I’m looking at you, Alice!).

But this is oh-so-simple and so homey. I know that’s an odd choice of descriptor. But it just tastes like home to me. Perfectly savory. A little bit juicy (in a good way) which a nice little kick from the crushed red pepper.

A closer shot of the bottom half of a plate of Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and a raw broccoli Rabe floret below it.

Around here, you can even get it pre-washed and trimmed, which I am all about. While I tend to love most of the process of cooking, I do not love cleaning greens. I don’t know what it is but I find it to be such a hassle and will totally pay the extra money to avoid that hassle.

I also recognize that pre-washed greens tend to have a higher incidence of foodborne illness, but I’ll take my chances. #sorrynotsorry

Another overhead shot of a pan of Broccoli Rabe with Garlic showing about three quarters of a pan.

Interestingly, the very greens in these photos are, in fact, not of the pre-washed variety. That’s right. My store was out of those ones. But because I love these and because I love you guys so much, I got off my lazy bottom and cleansed and trimmed some greens. Needless to say, I was handsomely rewarded; these tasted awesome (and even more fantastic in the variation that I’ll be sharing next week, stay tuned…).

This is one of those without measurements recipes. You can make as much or as little as you want and I encourage you to do everything by taste. And most of all, enjoy!

Other classic savory Rosie dishes include:

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper

This is a recipe for how to cook Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper. It's so easy to make and a very healthy Italian side dish. But more importantly, it's super delicious and flavorful!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Yields 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 bunches of broccoli rabe cleaned and trimmed of stalks
  • Olive oil
  • 3-4 peeled garlic cloves (or garlic powder or both!)
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in your pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and some crushed red pepper and saute for a few minutes until the garlic is golden (keep an eye on it because burned garlic ruins the dish).
  3. Add the broccoli rabe to the pan along with some salt and garlic powder and a couple spoonfuls of water.
  4. Stir periodically until the broccoli rabe cooks down, around 10 minutes.
  5. Once it's cooked down a bit taste it and added additional salt and crushed red pepper as needed.
  6. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Healthy, side dish, vegetarian, vegan, vegetables, Italian, family | Recipe Type: Side dish, lunch, dinner, vegetarian

Notes

Variation: You can also boil the broccoli rabe for a couple minutes before adding it to the pan. If you do this, you'll scoop it directly from the pot into the pan so that some of the water comes with it- if you do it this way, you won't need to add any additional water. But make sure you're extra careful when you add the broccoli rabe because if the oil is super hot and you add the soaked broccoli rabe it will cause the oil to splash up. So take the pan off the heat for a couple minutes before you add it.

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This is a recipe for how to cook Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper. It's so easy to make and a very healthy Italian side dish. But more importantly, it's super delicious and flavorful!
This is a recipe for how to cook Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper. It's so easy to make and a very healthy Italian side dish. But more importantly, it's super delicious and flavorful!

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