Braised Broccoli Rabe

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Chef-owner Tim Brown, of San Francisco's Morty's Delicatessen, pairs this tangy, spicy broccoli rabe with slices of braised pork loin and fresh mozzarella for a luscious sandwich called Aldo's Pork Melt (named after a friend). His inspiration? One of his favorite pasta dishes—orecchiette with pork sausage and broccoli rabe.

Yield: Makes 4 cups
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes, divided
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch (1 lb.) broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 3-in. pieces


  1. 1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic until lightly browned, 3 minutes. Add onion and 1/2 tsp. each salt and chile flakes and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes more. Add vinegar and broccoli rabe, stirring to coat.
  2. 2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add 1/2 cup water. Cook, covered, until thick stems are fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. each salt and chile flakes.
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