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Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Complete your meal with this simple side dish of Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cut broccoli rabe into 2-inch pieces. Cook broccoli rabe in boiling water 2 minutes; drain.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add crushed red pepper and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli rabe and raisins to pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in salt and black pepper.

Step 3

VARIATION Broccoli Rabe with Polenta Croutons: Prepare base recipe, omitting raisins. Cut four 1-inch slices of refrigerated tube polenta; cut slices into 1-inch cubes. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add polenta; cook 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Top broccoli rabe with croutons. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) CALORIES 137; FAT 8g (sat 9g); SODIUM 253mg

Step 4

VARIATION Broccoli Rabe with Sesame and Soy: Prepare base recipe, keeping rabe whole, mincing garlic, substituting 2 teaspoons peanut oil for olive oil, and omitting raisins. Gently toss sautéed rabe in 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup) CALORIES 71; FAT 2g (sat 5g); SODIUM 251mg

Step 5

VARIATION Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Parmesan: Prepare base recipe, increasing oil to 2 tablespoons, increasing red pepper to 1/4 teaspoon, increasing garlic to 5 cloves, omitting raisins, and increasing black pepper to 1/2 teaspoon. Stir in 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained cannellini beans; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Top with 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese. Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup) CALORIES 119; FAT 9g (sat 4g); SODIUM 273mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

HJG8411's Review

January 27, 2013

So simple so delicious!

October 07, 2015
I used broccolini for this and it was very good. I think you could use a myriad of vegetables. Super easy & delicious.