Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe?>

Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe

by Berkeley Wellness  

The slight bitterness of broccoli rabe is tempered here by the sweetness of raisins. If you prefer, substitute milder broccolini for the broccoli rabe. All of the broccoli rabe is edible, though it’s best to trim off the very ends, which may be tough.


  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (1 pound), thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt


1. In a small heatproof bowl, combine the sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water. Let stand until the tomatoes have softened, 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the dryness of the tomatoes). Drain, reserving the soaking liquid, and coarsely chop the tomatoes.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the garlic, and when cool enough to handle, mince.

3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft, about 7 minutes.

4. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli rabe, raisins, red pepper flakes, and salt to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the broccoli rabe starts to wilt, about 5 minutes.

5. Add the reserved soaking liquid and the minced garlic, cover, and cook until the broccoli rabe is very tender, about 10 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition per serving: 120 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 2g dietary fiber, 21g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 390mg sodium.

A good source of: beta carotene, indoles, potassium, vitamin C.