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Playing Cheesy Broccoli Rabe (Rapini con Cacio e Pepe)


  • Salt
  • 2 medium heads rapini/broccoli rabe, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup Pecorino cheese, freshly shredded


Serves: 6-8


Heat a few inches of water in a deep skillet. Add salt and cook rapini about 3 minutes. Cold-shock, drain and dry. 

Heat EVOO over medium heat with garlic to infuse the oil. Remove the cloves and add pepper to heat in oil. Raise heat a bit to medium-high, add rapini and cook to crisp at edges, 3-4 minutes. Top rapini with lots of cheese and serve.