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.
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.
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)