Recipe: Spicy Broccoli Rabe

Last updated: January 21, 2021, at 11:47 a.m. PT

Originally published: January 21, 2021, at 11:45 a.m. PT

Broccoli Rabe

This quick and simple side dish elevates any weeknight meal to another level.


  • 2 pounds broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 2” pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 oil packed anchovy fillets (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 oz parmesan, shaved
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the broccoli rabe. Cook for two minutes or until bright green.
  2. While boiling, fill a large bowl with ice water.
  3. Drain broccoli rabe and immediately submerge in ice water until cold – about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add garlic, red pepper flakes and anchovies. Cook, breaking up the anchovy until garlic is fragrant – about 1 minute.
  5. Add blanched broccoli rabe to the pan and cook until crisp tender and hot – about 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat and toss with lemon juice.
  7. Serve topped with parmesan and pine nuts.


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