Sunday, November 18, 2007

Great Broccoli Rabe and Orzo side

I absolutely adore broccoli rabe (or rapini), though if not prepared well it can be somewhat bitter. I whip up this easy side dish at least a few times a month because I enjoy it so much. This recipe makes enough for two people, though I could happily eat the entire thing myself.

One bunch broccoli rabe
1 vegetable bullion cube
several cloves of garlic, chopped
olive oil (1-2 tablespoons)
1/3 cup orzo
salt to taste

First, wilt the broccoli rabe in about 1/4 cup of water with some salt to taste. Cook until tender. While the broccoli rabe is wilting, bring a cup of water to boil, then add the bullion cube and stir. After the cube has dissolved add the 1/3 cup of orzo and cook as recommended.

In a large fry pan, sautee the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat. Add the broccoli rabe and the orzo (with the vegetable stock) and cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated. If desired, salt a little more to taste.

This is a great side; Broccoli rabe is so good for you--1/5 of a bunch has 50% of your vitamin C, 20% of your vitamin A, 15% of your calcium, and 6% of your iron for the day! Only 1/5 of the bunch! It also has some protein and fiber, almost no carbs, and is extremely low in calories. All in all a great food.

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