Keep an eye on the garlic to be sure it browns but doesn't burn, which can make it unpleasantly bitter. Blanching the broccoli rabe helps tame its bitterness. Total time: 25 minutes.
3/4 pound broccoli rabe (rapini), trimmed
1 (16-ounce) box vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Cook broccoli rabe in boiling water 4 minutes. Remove broccoli rabe with a slotted spoon, and place in a colander; drain. Add gnocchi to pan; cook 3 minutes or until done. Drain gnocchi in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add broccoli rabe, gnocchi, and reserved cooking liquid to pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Place 1 1/4 cups gnocchi mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese.
We love this recipe and have made it numerous times. I like to use white wine instead of the cooking liquid for more flavor, and like some other readers, I suggest blanching the broccoli rabe only TWO minutes. A squirt of fresh lemon over the top is a nice addition. Great with a tomato salad and crusty bread.
I rarely give out a five star "Outstanding" rating, but this was worthy! Fast, healthy, and inexpensive to put together - not that you would ever know it from the very first bite. It was delicious and I can't wait to have the left overs tomorrow! I didn't have to doctor it, change it, or add to it. This is definitely my new favorite weeknight meal.
The cooking time recommended for the broccoli rabe is over double what we use, so had it in the water for less than two minutes. Also used two turkey Italian sausages, parboiled, skinned, cut into coins, then rewarmed with additional sliced garlic. Made the recommended orange salad, but strained the rosemary dressing prior to serving.
This recipe was very quick, easy, and delicious. I was able to purchase whole wheat gnocchi, which made the recipe even healthier. I also added some chopped prosciutto. Overall, it was outstanding and I will definitely serve it again!
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