Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) with Garlic Parmesan and Lemon - use these easy steps to prepare broccoli rabe (rapini) for a great side dish. This method removes the bitterness that naturally occurs with broccoli rabe. | @tasteLUVnourish on
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Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) with Garlic Parmesan and Lemon

Following this method and pairing the broccoli rabe with these ingredients, yields a less bitter and really delicious side-dish.
Servings 4 to 6
Author Caroline


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe rapini
  • 2 teaspoons fine kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 ounces freshly shaved Parmesan omit to keep this vegan or sub with vegan cheese
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins


  • Rinse the broccoli rabe and trim any tough stems.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the salt and the trimmed broccoli rabe. Return to a boil and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or up to 6 or 7 minutes if your broccoli rabe is mature.
  • Using tongs, remove the broccoli rabe and set on a baking sheet lined with a clean dish towel.
  • Over medium-high heat add the olive oil to a sauté pan with the smashed garlic cloves. Cook the garlic for about 2 minutes, then remove them. Add the broccoli rabe and sauté for just a minute or two. Season with a bit more salt and some pepper.
  • Move the broccoli rabe to a serving platter. Top with some shaved Parmesan, lemon zest and golden raisins. Serve warm.