Olive oil and Parmesan cheese offset the bite of the broccoli rabe in this classic pasta dish.

Everyday Food, May/June 2003


Recipe Summary

20 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt generously. Add broccoli rabe. Cook until leaves are wilted, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli rabe to colander; drain well.

  • Return water to a boil, and add pasta; cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, 30 seconds, being careful not to brown. Add anchovy fillets, if using, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broccoli rabe; cook until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Add pasta to broccoli rabe mixture; toss to combine, adding reserved cooking water as desired. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve with Parmesan and lemon wedges.

Cook's Notes

When choosing broccoli rabe, look for bright-green leaves and small florets with no yellow spots. The stalks are also edible; just trim the tough ends.

Cook's Notes

If your skillet isn't large enough to accommodate both the broccoli rabe mixture and the pasta, you can toss them together in a large bowl instead.


Reviews (4)

15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
It was a good base, but upping the garlic, anchovies, parmesan and adding a little citrus and zest kept it from being completely boring.
Rating: Unrated
what do you mean you substituted shrimp for chicken sausage? there isn't any meat used in this dish.
Rating: Unrated
Easy to make, economical and lots of flavor!
Rating: Unrated
This is a delicious and simple recipe. The second time I made it, I substituted shrimp for chicken sausage and it turned out even better!