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Pasta Aglio Olio with Broccoli Rabe

If you'd like the perfect light meal for dinner, try my Pasta Aglio Olio with Broccoli Rabe. It also makes a great side dish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 408kcal


  • ½ lb cooked pasta
  • 1 head broccoli rabe
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated romano cheese or more depending upon your taste


  • Cook pasta per instructions on box, set aside until needed
  • Wash and clean broccoli rabe, removing most of the stem
  • In a large saute pan place broccoli rabe in the pan with about a cup of water over high heat, as the water begins to boil reduce to simmer and allow water to cook off.
  • This process will take about 10 minutes or until the stems of the broccoli rabe are fairly tender. When ready remove from the heat and take the broccoli rabe out of the pan until needed.
    *if all the water cooks off and broccoli rabe is still not tender add additional water and continue cooking
  • Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil into the hot pan along with the chopped garlic and saute over low heat until garlic just begins to get fragrant.
  • Add the broccoli rabe back into the pan with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Mix together with the aioli sauce.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan, season with sea salt, black pepper, most of the chopped parsley(reserve some for serving) and half of the grated Romano cheese (save the rest for serving).
  • If the pasta is dry add more olive oil or some of the pasta water to the dish.
  • Place the pasta into serving bowls and top with grated Romano cheese, black pepper and a sprinkle of chopped Italian parsely.
    *If you would like a little extra heat, add a few more red pepper flakes.
  • Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg