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Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Pasta Recipe

Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Pasta Recipe

“I created this because I needed a quick entrée with few ingredients. The garlic flavored oil makes the broccoli rabe less bitter, and with toasted garlic, it's a great dish.” —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1 pound broccoli rabe
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, trim 1/2 in. from broccoli rabe stems; discard any coarse or damaged leaves. Rinse broccoli rabe in cold water and cut into 2-in. pieces; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and 1/2 cup broth. Bring to a boil.
  • 3. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until broccoli rabe is tender. Drain linguine; add to the pan. Stir in parsley and enough remaining broth to moisten the linguine. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 428 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 518 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Reviews for Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Pasta

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Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Delicious and quick"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"Very different & delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"This is really good, quick and easy. A few tips: I can never find broccoli rabe. All I can ever find is broccolini. Sometimes it's called "aspiration" ? I think the two vegetables are very similar. Also, my kids and I do not care for spicy foods, so I use 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper. Another thing...I think that 3 cloves of garlic is not enough. I use 4 fairly big cloves. Add salad, and Italian bread and you have a satisfying vegetarian meal."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I used the regular broccoli and added chicken for a little protein and my husband loved it. I doubled the amount of garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Very light and tasty."

Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"Nice side dish. I may try to use all broth & thicken next time for a creamy sauce like texture."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I used broccoli and all the other ingredients listed and it was really good. The next time I think I will add the shrimp as others have suggested and I may use some cornstarch to thicken the broth."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Even my picky eater kids cleaned their plate with dish."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"I substituted spinach for the rabe. My husband and I both enjoyed it."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"Broccoli rabe really only needs olive oil,garlic, rabe and pasta. Add ons red pepper flakes, black pepper. Try Italian sausage added as cooked. Toasted pine nuts would be another great add on. Chicken broth no way."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"This a great recipe to cook for church..

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Pearl City, Hawaii"

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"I made this dish for dinner last night and used broccoli heads cut up and shrimp. My husband realy liked it and I thought that it was very spicy with only the 1/4 t of red pepper. I also used my homemade chicken stock."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, it's a keeper for sure and going in my recipe box. My family absolutely loves it and will be making it every chance we get."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"My italian mom has been making this for years- a family favorite!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"took the person's hint with the shrimp/what more could I ask for...all 3 of my favorite foods in one dish! thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I also used regular broccoli since I couldn't find the rabe and added shrimp and it was terrific!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"We loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed May. 9, 2009

"This was delicious and fast. Everyone ate it. I didn't have rabe and used regular broccoli and it was great."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.