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A plate of spicy Italian style broccoli rabe - broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic, red pepper flakes, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese.



Garlicky, Spicy Italian-style broccoli rabe is an easy and delicious way to eat your greens and make a boring weeknight entree something special.



1 pound broccoli rabe, tough, non-leafy stems removed

4 tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, very finely minced

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

¼ cup pine nuts

2 tablespoons shaved aged provolone cheese

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 lemon, cut in half


Bring a large pot of water to a full rolling boil.  Heavily salt the water and add ½ lemon.

Meanwhile, trim the stems from the broccoli rabe and add them to the boiling water.

Cook until they’re tender – about 5-7 minutes.

Drain the broccoli rabe and push on them to remove any excess water.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil.

Saute the minced garlic and chili flakes until fragrant – about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle in the pine nuts and toast for about 1 minute.

Add the broccoli rabe and stir to coat with the garlic-chili oil. 

Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until tender.

Season with salt and pepper.

Remove from the heat and add the provolone cheese.  Toss lightly and spoon the vegetables onto a serving platter.

Squeeze the remaining lemon over the plate of veggies.

Serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blanche & Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

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