Broccoli Rabe Recipes

An Italian staple that's best stuffed into stromboli and ravioli, blanched and sautéed, or tossed into pasta

Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, is a slightly astringent green is particularly popular in Italian cooking. Raw or lightly cooked it can add a pleasant bitterness to a dish, while cooking it down mellows it out. Stuffed into stromboli and ravioli, blanched and sautéed, or tossed into pasta, we've rounded up our favorite broccoli rabe recipes.

We love pairing bitter broccoli rabe with rich pork. If you're from the Philadelphia area, this combination is likely familiar to you—local institution DiNic's is famous for pairing pork and rapini. The roast pork is probably their best-known offering, but we have a recipe for their decadent pulled pork, braised wine and herbs and served with provolone, hot peppers, and broccoli rabe on an Italian roll.

To balance out broccoli rabe, we turn to sweet, creamy, or tangy ingredients. To make a simple pasta, toss orecchiette with broccoli rabe and lemon zest and top with goat cheese. Or serve the vegetable with sweet golden raisins, spicy red pepper flakes, and crunchy toasted pine nuts for a side that goes well with grilled salmon or meatballs.

Stromboli is an Italian-American classic typically made with pizza dough. For our chicken and broccoli rabe stromboli with mozzarella and cherry peppers, however, we use an Italian bread dough to get a super crispy crust.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of broccoli rabe recipes.

White Bean Soup with Fennel Seeds and Broccoli Rabe

White Bean Soup with Fennel Seeds and Broccoli Rabe
This kind of luscious puréed bean soup is made all over Italy with either white or fava beans. Prepare the soup several days in advance, but sauté the broccoli rabe just before serving. Get the recipe for White Bean Soup with Fennel Seeds and Broccoli Rabe »Ryan Liebe

Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli

Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli
Most stromboli recipes call for pizza dough, but the secret to the crispy crust on this baked roll is Italian bread dough. Our version is adapted from one served at Philadelphia's Romano's Pizzeria. Get the recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli »Ingalls Photography

Roast Pork with Summer Vegetables

Roast Pork with Summer Vegetables
Chef Peter Hoffman of Savoy, the now-closed New York City restaurant, shared this recipe for roast pork shoulder with a garlicky cilantro sauce, roasted chiles, and market vegetables. Get the recipe for Roast Pork with Summer Vegetables »Todd Coleman

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini
Crusty, garlicky toasted bread is topped with creamy ricotta, rosemary-accented beans, and spicy sautéed broccoli rabe in this quick, satisfying Italian appetizer. Get the recipe for Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini »Andre Baranowski

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes
At Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe in Astoria, Oregon, flaky cheese-crusted halibut fillets are topped with a bright parsley sauce and paired with pan-seared broccoli rabe and garlicky mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes »Ingalls Photography

Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins

Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins
Sweet golden raisins, red pepper flakes, and toasted pine nuts balance the bitterness of broccoli rabe in a side dish adapted from Anna Watson Carl's cookbook The Yellow Table. It makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled salmon, pork tenderloin, or meatballs with tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins »Signe Birck

Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Fried Ravioli

Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Fried Ravioli
These giant fried ravioli are filled with a cheesy mixture of broccoli rabe, sausage, and cherry peppers. Get the recipe for Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Fried Ravioli »Ingalls Photography

Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese

Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese
Slightly bitter rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) marries well with tangy goat cheese in a pasta recipe that's ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Get the recipe for Orecchiette with Rapini and Goat Cheese »André Baranowski

Pulled Pork Italiano

Pulled Pork Italiano
Provolone and roasted long hot peppers top luscious wine-and-herb-braised pulled pork in a favorite from DiNic's in Philadelphia. Get the recipe for Pulled Pork Italiano »Todd Coleman