It's not easy being green, especially when you're an underappreciated cruciferous vegetable like broccoli rabe. It's not as trendy as kale or as classic as Brussels sprouts, but it it's one delicious vegetable that stars as a side and in everything from burgers to pizza to pasta and more.
The peppery bite of broccoli rabe mellows when joined by Parmesan, pine nuts, and red-pepper flakes. Plus, you get a solid serving of vegetables in a comforting bowl of pasta. You could also stir this pesto into lentils and sprinkle the dish with crumbled fresh goat cheese.
Broiling is one of the easiest ways to cook broccoli rabe: The stalks turn bright green and tender and the leaves get nice and crispy. Serve this rich, zesty combo as a warm salad or over pasta for an even heartier dish.
You can make a double batch of roasted tomatoes early in the week (say, for this whole-wheat penne dinner) and save half for this recipe. With the tomatoes already prepared, the rest of the preparation will only take 15 minutes.