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Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Pasta

“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.
  • Makes
    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


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

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  • JJonesny
    Oct 8, 2013

    Delicious and quick

  • joanietay1
    Apr 14, 2012

    Very different & delicious!

  • bethiemac
    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.

  • grisjohnson
    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.

  • lilgreenworm22
    Jul 5, 2010

    Very light and tasty.

  • MaryThompson
    May 23, 2010

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

  • ddamian1
    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.

  • Karen Peete
    Apr 21, 2010

    Even my picky eater kids cleaned their plate with dish.

  • lcauthon
    Apr 19, 2010

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

  • patricia diane
    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.