Broccoli Raab Pasta

The stems and flowers, as well as the leaves are the prized parts of broccoli raab (also known as rapini). It is packed with vitamins and minerals.
ingredients

1 bunch broccoli raab

1/2 to 3/4 pound pasta (for example penne)

1/3 cup olive oil

4 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste salt

instructions

Wash and chop the broccoli raab after discarding the tougher stem bottoms. Put a bit of water in a frying pan or pot, add the raab and cover. Steam-cook until tender -- less than five minutes.

Cook the pasta until al dente, drain.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring until the garlic is golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli raab and salt to taste and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss the pasta and raab together. Serve with jack or Parmesan cheese.

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