Looking for something different to make tonight for dinner? Porcini Mushroom and Broccoli Rabe Risotto is a brightly colored and richly flavored dish that you’ll crave over and over again!
What is broccoli rabe?
Broccoli rabe (pronounced “rob”) is also called rapini. Although it has buds that are similar in appearance to broccoli florets, this veggie is actually more closely related to turnips than it is broccoli.
Broccoli rabe has robust, bold flavors which make it well-matched for dishes with heavy sauces or fatty proteins. You’ll commonly find it used in Italian dishes for this reason. The bitterness of broccoli rabe brings balance to rich dishes and offers more complex and interesting flavors.
How do you cook broccoli rabe?
Don’t be scared off by its untamed appearance! Broccoli rabe is actually quite easy to prepare. It can be cooked many different ways, including: blanching, steaming, sautéing, grilling, or puréeing.
Trim broccoli rabe before cooking. Cut off any discolored tips from the bottom. Then, use a pairing knife to peel the skin off thicker stems and cut away the stems from the tops.
Broccoli rabe nutritional benefits
Just 3.5 ounces of broccoli rabe contains over 50% of your daily intake of vitamins A and C. Each cup contains 2 grams of fiber — insoluble and soluble — and 200% of your daily vitamin K intake recommendation.
Broccoli rabe also contains lutein which helps support eye health and sulfur which helps detoxify the liver. Anti-inflammatory nutrients, including folate and vitamin C, are also contained within this superfood.
Porcini Mushroom and Broccoli Rabe Risotto
Risotto is a creamy Italian dish which is perfectly suited for broccoli rabe. This recipe is still warm and comforting like traditional risotto, but the addition of a broccoli rabe purée makes the flavors brighter and more complex.
Serve this dish to your friends and family and they’ll think you’re a gourmet cook! We’ll keep it our little secret that it’s actually very easy to make.
Porcini Mushroom and Broccoli Rabe Risotto is vegetarian and gluten-free.
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