Rapini with mushrooms

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    Rapini, also known as Broccoli di Rape or Broccoli Rabe, is like a more leafy, more bitter version of broccoli. Here it combines with mushrooms, fresh herbs, garlic, Parmesan and extra-virgin olive oil for a fantastic side dish. You can use other mushrooms in place of the portobellos if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 120ml extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
    • 2 portobello mushroom caps, cut into 5mm pieces
    • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 bunches rapini, ends trimmed, and cut into 5cm pieces
    • 25g grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion, and cook until the onion has softened, and the garlic begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the thyme and mushrooms, then turn the heat to low. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook until the mushrooms have reduced but are not browning, 30 to 35 minutes.
    2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to the boil over high heat. Add the rapini, recover and steam until tender, about 6 minutes. Once the rapini has cooked, toss it with the mushroom mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.


    I like to use a mortar and pestle to grind my peppercorns. Once they are mashed and fine, I add sea salt and then again mash everything until I have a pre-made salt/pepper mix that we keep in a spice dish or ramekin near the hob. Very convenient for any dish that requires both salt and pepper. Experiment with your ratio until you find how you like it.

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    I modified this recipie to make it a pasta sauce instead of just a side dish - I doubled the amount of mushrooms and added 3/4 cup of chicken broth and mixed in (when finsihed) with a pound of penne. I worked great as the main dish on night 1 and a great pasta side on night 2.  -  07 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    1/2 cup of oil seemed like a lot to me, so I just used enough to coat the bottom of the pan, sauteed the onion/garlic, then added a little more before adding the mushroom and thyme. Serve with brown rice, it was delicious!  -  27 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This had good flavors but the store didn't have very good broccoli rabe or any broccolini so I used what they had but I felt like it was lacking because of this. I will try again with some good rabe or broccolini next time as again I felt the flavor was good.  -  05 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)