Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    30 minutes

    If you can get broccoli rabe (rapini) try this easy and delicious vegetarian pasta recipe. Even my kids love it!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (rapini), trimmed and cut into 3cm pieces
    • 225g macaroni
    • 1/2 cup (60g) walnuts
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the broccoli rabe and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Return the water to a boil and stir in the macaroni. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
    2. While the pasta is cooking, cook and stir the walnut halves in a frypan over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set the walnuts aside, add the olive oil and reduce heat to low. Stir in the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the broccoli rabe and cook 3 minutes to reheat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then stir in the drained pasta and walnuts. Toss with Parmesan cheese before serving.

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    Awesome!!! This is definitely the recipe to try for rapini-beginners (it was my first attempt to cook with it) - you will be won over! Now I did tweak the recipe a bit by adding a large, diced onion into the mix with the garlic and let it caramelize a bit... the sugary, sticky onion bits are a fantastic complement to the slightly bitter rapini. I also added a healthy splash of cream towards the end (my rapini was starting to look a little dry) which made a nice 'sauce' that covered the pasta and brought the everything together. I know this is a vegetarian dish but next time I will also crumble some bacon bits on top...drooling already.... Thanks for sharing, niki!!!  -  18 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Really simple, really yummy! Great way to use rapini. Sounded too simple....but it was excellent. My husband & daughter loved it too!  -  01 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was in a rush, so didn't chop the nuts. Would strongly suggest to do this cause the bites with nuts were 10x better than without. Rapini needed some help to cut the bitterness and this did it. Used extra parm cheese as well.  -  11 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)