Broccoli Rabe ala Robb

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

I sautéed thin slices of leftover barbecue sausage with some garlic in a lot of olive oil and then chopped up this six-ounce bunch of broccoli rabe and tossed it with sausage and covered it. Then I mixed the sausage and greens with two cups of cooked macaroni and hit it with some parmesan. It was a wonderful supper, if you like strong-flavored greens and garlic in your pasta. Broccoli rabe has a wild flavor. It isn't really related to broccoli -- it's closer to the turnip family.

I have a lot of the stuff on my hands at the moment. I threw some three-year-old broccoli rabe seeds in my organic dirt a couple of weeks before Jim Sherman came over and helped me plant all the lettuce. It didn't sprout, so I forgot about it. Guess what's taken over the chard patch all of a sudden? I've got broccoli rabe bushes now.

There is much confusion in the taxonomy world about broccoli rabe (or raap or rapi). Everyone agrees it's not related to broccolini. But is the vegetable the Italians call rapini the same as the vegetable the Chinese call kai-lan? And did it originate in China or the Mediterranean? Who knows? But it is a very bitter green, which is why I like it so much.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.