Chowhounds like to pair broccoli rabe with pasta. magiesmom cooks pasta, adding the rabe for the last five minutes, then tosses the drained pasta and greens with garlic sautéed in olive oil. Orecchiette with rabe and spicy sausage is “one of the best and easiest dishes around,” Mel.D says. For a variation, try CHOW’s Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Red Pepper Flakes, and Anchovies.
bob96 makes a pesto by blending grated cheese and rabe braised with garlic and olive oil, then tosses it with rice or pasta. Isolda makes a rice dish by sautéing garlic, then adding rice, red pepper flakes, white wine, blanched broccoli rabe, and chicken stock or water before covering and simmering until the rice is done.
Grilling is a great way to cook rabe, according to Jason_King, who says it “tastes wonderful with a little char on it.” MGZ drizzles it with olive oil and salt and roasts it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20 minutes, and erica recommends it baked with Parmesan.
Photograph of CHOW’s Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe by Christopher Rochelle / CHOW.com