The easiest way to cook Broccoli Rabe

Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe

Broccoli rabe isn’t related to broccoli. Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini is leafy, cruciferous vegetables that are closely related to turnips. It has a bitter and nutty taste. As a popular vegetable in Italian cuisine, it is best cooked sautéed or blanched to soften the stalks and leaves.

Don’t be intimidated by this healthy and full of antioxidant vegetables; broccoli rabe is easy to cook.

Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe

The easiest way to cook this lovely vegetable is to blanch it in salted boiling water, then sauteed with a mixture of roasted garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, and your favorite fruity vinegar. Yes! Vinegar.

Many recipes have crushed red peppers on the list of ingredients. How about adding any of the Gourmet Hot Sauces instead?

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Here’s why! You need to incorporate more vegetables but don’t know how to make them taste better. You love eating vegetables but you are tired of using just salt and pepper. Your doctor no longer wants you to use salt or pepper to season your vegetables because of health issues.

This may be the answer to all your problems. My Gourmet Hot Sauces are all-natural. They contain no preservatives, no additives, no added sugar, no MSG, and low sodium.  The best thing about my hot sauces is you can use them to spice your food.

Don’t be afraid of the words hot sauce. When you cook with any one of my hot sauces, your food will be more flavorful. Just remember the more hot sauce you use, the more heat your food will have.

Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Simple Broccoli Rabe Recipe

When combined with a fruity vinegar, the hot sauce taste even better with vegetables. I love adding vinegar because the acid reduces the bitterness in the leafy vegetable. My preferred kinds of vinegar are passion fruit vinegar and peach vinegar.

Make it today and let me know what you think.

Easy Broccoli with Spicy Anchovies Sauce

The easiest way to cook Broccoli Rabe

Cooking Broccolini Rabe is very easy. With the right blend of herbs and spices, you can create and excellent and healthy side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 90 kcal


  • Two 1-pound bunches broccoli rabe thick stems discarded
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 6 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon Gemma's Gourmet Hot Sauces
  • 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons passion fruit vinegar or peach vinegar
  • Salt


  • Cook the broccoli rabe in a large pot of boiling water until it is bright green, about 1- 2 minutes. Drain the broccoli rabe and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  • In a large skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic, shallots and crushed red pepper or Gemma's Gourmet Hot Sauce and cook over moderately low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe and stir to mix. Add and the reserved cooking water, vinegar and , cover and simmer over moderately low heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately


Updated and adapted from Food & Wine


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword 15 minutes meal, healthy side dish, vegan
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    1. Apple Cider vinegar would be fine as long as you don’t use a lot. Apple Cider vinegar is very strong and that’s why I used other types of fruits vinegar. Thanks for your comment.

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