Our chefs have put together a spectacularly simple broccolini rabe recipe for you to conquer and devour! If you're as much as a veggie-fan as we are, you're going to absolutely savor a classic Italian ingredient known locally as cime di rape, or broccolini. The tartness and snap of this spring-time favorite is so versatile that it frequently appears in classic Italian dishes, from first course pasta sauce ingredients to exquisitely piquant side dishes, to main courses for those looking for a vegetarian, light dish.
The specifics of our tailor-made recipe include a healthy dose of red chili flakes, which is absolutely customizable to your spice preferences, but keep in mind that not only are broccolini an amazing source of iron, but chili pepper also has been known to help with heart health, so it's not far-fetched to say this dish is a health boon for those in the know. Once you learn its secrets, you'll surely want to create many different authentic Italian recipes for your friends and family to enjoy with you!
Precook the broccolini and prepare for pan-frying
Bring large sauce pot of salted water to boil. Place broccolini into boiling water, and cook quickly (blanching), so that the broccolini is still firm and al dente to the touch. Stalks should be softened a bit.
Remove from heat, and drain well. When cool enough to handle, place broccolini onto chopping board, and using sharp knife or half-moon chopper, coarsely chop.
A note regarding broccolini: you'll use 1 bunch broccolini, also called broccoli rabe.
Pan-fry the broccolini and finish dish
While broccolini is chopped and cooling, coat bottom of sauté pan with generous amount of extra-virgin olive oil and heat. Smash garlic cloves, removing skin. Cut each clove in half, set aside.
When oil is shimmering, add garlic and a pinch of red chili flakes. Allow garlic to brown slightly, adding slightly cooled broccolini to pan. Adjust to taste with salt, and complete the cooking process over medium heat. Cooking time should be maximum 10 minutes longer - if you want to continue cooking a bit longer, make sure the heat is lowered.
Serve hot for best flavor.
70 minutes 9 ingredients 346 kCal
20 minutes 8 ingredients 338 kCal