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Thursday, July 14, 2011

BROCCOLI RABE SOUP

Broccoli -rabe is a variety of broccoli that's also known as broccoletti di rape, brocoletto, rapini, choy sum, or Chinese flowering cabbage.It is a versatile vegetable and is laden with vitamins.


A lot of people don't like broccoli-rabe because of its semi bitter taste.  In order to reduce this bitterness don't cook it too long and add a touch of lemon juice while cooking. Yesterday I made this light and nutritious soup:

1 pound of broccoli-rabe
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2 Tsp of lemon juice
2 Cups of chicken broth mixed with 1 packet of chicken bouillon
1 Can of beans any kind, drained  (I used pinto beans)
2 Tbsp of olive oil
Parmesan cheese

 Separate the leaves from the stem up to where the actual broccoli is and snip off  at that point. Save the stems for another application (I never waste a good thing-see below). Wash and drain on a colander. Sautee garlic with oil in a large skillet and add the leaves. Stir to coat with oil. Turn the heat  low and continue to stir for few more minutes. Turn off heat. In a medium pot add chicken broth, bouillon, lemon juice and the beans. Cover and cook until  beans are tender but not too soft. Add the sauteed leaves. Pour into individual dishes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

For the stems: Carefully trim the stems with a knife eliminating all outer ribs and hollow parts. Sautee stems with a clove of crushed garlic in olive oil for 5-6 minutes then turn off the heat. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and serve hot or cold.  Great side dish for meat or poultry.    

11 comments:

Emanuela - Pane, burro e alici said...

I love vegetables and legumes. Soups are among my preferred courses. This cooked by you looks very tasty!! ciao

Dianne said...

The soup looks delicious - I have noticed broccoli rabe in our central market - but not usually available in super-markets. I'm sure the soup is very nutritious.

Have a wonderful and safe week-end.

Caroline said...

Your food photo's always look so good!

BeautifulDees said...

Sound's yummy to me....and something I can eat on my anti inflamatory diet, except the cheese. I will follow more closely for something eatable. Thank You.
Love,Debbie

VADEPAN said...

Great, healthy and tasty recipe!!!! I like broccoli rabe, so, it's a nice recipe for me. Thanks for sharing!!!

MARCO PASHA said...

Thank you Emanuela

MARCO PASHA said...

Good Morning Dianne, thank you for stopping by

MARCO PASHA said...

Thank you Caroline

MARCO PASHA said...

Hi Debbie, hoping that you are feeling better

MARCO PASHA said...

Dear Vadepan, thank you for stopping by

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