how to cook rapini (broccoli rabe)

Okay, so in this video I show you how to broil rapini, also known as broccoli rabe (or raap), broccoletti, broccoli di rape, cime di rapa, rappi, friarielli, and grelos.

(I totally Googled that. Just saying.)

Rapini looks sort of like broccoli, only smaller and wilder looking. I normally don’t like it – it can be kind of bitter – but in this recipe it’s really sweet.

For this recipe you’ll need:

one bunch of rapini
some olive oil
and some salt

You’ll also need a baking sheet, a bowl to toss the rapini in, an oven and some kind of timing device (if you don’t want to have to keep checking the rapini every couple of seconds). Just saying.

Set your oven to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, drizzle olive oil over the rapini, toss the rapini in a bowl with your hands to cover everything with the oil, and then arrange everything on your baking sheet and bake the rapini for about 35 to 40 minutes.

When the rapini is done, the leaves should be all thin and crispy and starting to brown, and the stalks should be tender. Ish.

Some benefits of this recipe are… okay, eating greens.

Also: Not a lot of dishes to clean up afterwards.

Some possible ways this recipe could fail:

Cats love rapini. Apparently. So, your cats could eat all your rapini if you leave it unattended before you cook it.

Also: I spilled salt all over my floor when I was photographing the salt.

Also: I put my BlackBerry down on the counter and accidentally got olive oil on it.

The End.


This post was originally published on my vegetarian cooking blog, frugal vegetarian cooking.

Other stuff I made for supper, on other nights.