How to cook broccoli rabe to perfection is a skill I only recently mastered. Broccoli rabe (also known as rapini) just was not a vegetable I grew up eating. Actually, I had never even heard of broccoli raab until after I graduated from college. These days I am a proud bona fide broccoli rabe connoisseur. But trust me, I know it is a somewhat intimidating vegetable to cook. In fact, even though I ordered broccoli raab frequently in restaurants, for the longest time I wouldn’t dare try making this foreign green in my own kitchen because the few times I did try it turned out terrible—bitter and just downright awful tasting.
Lucky for me a dear family friend, Joe Riti, who happens to be a master of Italian cooking (and who grew up eating broccoli rabe by the pound!) was kind enough to teach me how to make the best tasting broccoli rabe ever. And best of all….it is super easy to do!