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Spicy Garlic Broccoli Rabe

When it comes to carefree entertaining, you can't beat a four-ingredient recipe like this! Red pepper flakes add just the right amount of spice to colorful broccoli rabe. —Clara Coulson Minney, Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3-1/2 pounds broccoli rabe
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Trim ½ in. from broccoli rabe stems; discard any coarse or damaged leaves. Rinse broccoli rabe in cold water and cut into 2-in. pieces. Add to boiling water. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add pepper flakes; cook and stir 30 seconds longer. Add broccoli rabe and salt; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 51 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • browns19fan
    Oct 17, 2017

    This was just OK. I made it with one bunch of broccoli rabe for the two of us, and I felt as though I'd dirtied half my prep utensils for very little return. It's a very healthy side dish, though, so I'll keep experimenting. Next time I'll boil the rabe a bit longer, perhaps for 2-1/2 minutes after the water returns to a full boil. I'll also reduce the crushed red pepper to a bare sprinkle and will research ways to reduce the rabe's bitterness. (Adding lemon juice to the water didn't help.)