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Broccoli Rabe with Fresh Bread Crumbs and Spaghetti

Enjoying a beautiful platter of food together is a gift.  Enjoy the faces and the smiles and make it a memory to cherish. 


2 bunches of fresh broccoli – cut about 1 inch off stems
Fresh lemon – quartered
About 6 cloves of garlic – chopped
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. favorite spaghetti
Fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese for grating

For the Fresh Bread Crumbs:

Approximately ¼ - ½  loaf of hard Italian bread – cubed
2 cloves of garlic
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. black pepper
 ¼ tsp. paprika
1 inch piece of fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Bring a large pot of salted water with a wedge or two of lemon to a boil.  Add the broccoli rabe to simmer for about five minutes; until the stems become tender.

Drain the water and set aside the broccoli rabe.

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil; add the chopped garlic, wedge of lemon,  red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper and the broccoli rabe and sauté on low while preparing the spaghetti; do not burn the garlic.  Add the cup of chicken broth to the pan and simmer on low.

Prepare the spaghetti as directed.

In a food processor add the cubed bread and all of the other ingredients.  Process until bread crumbs are formed.

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil and add the bread crumbs to get a slight golden color and crispness.

In a serving platter drizzle a little olive oil.  Add the spaghetti and toss.  Top with the broccoli rabe and the fresh the bread crumbs and toss.  Grate the fresh Romano or Parmesan and add dashes of red pepper flakes.  Toss with fresh lemon wedges.

Enjoy with Love,



  1. Catherine, I really like this recipe! I love broccoli rabe and with the various ingredients, this recipe translates into a substantial dish, even for a meat lover like myself. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Looks great. Light, colorful and tasty. Good idea for chicken broth

  3. These pastas looks delicious and quite healthy!

  4. Yummy, yummy and more yummy. I'd love to have some of this.

    Have a fabulous Labor day. Big hugs. :)

  5. This pasta looks so flavorful and delicious!!! Love the greens...

  6. Se ve muy sabroso,saludable y colorido,nuevas recetas en tu cabecera de blog maravillosas,hugs,hugs.

  7. You are absolutely right about food being a gift. Another lovely recipe! I love the idea of using fresh bread crumbs.

  8. Looks tasty and delicious Catherine, I love pasta in any way....Blessings my dear...

  9. This looks delicious but I have to admit I have never had broccoli rabe! Guess it's about time I tried it already!

  10. What a beautiful and delicious pasta dish. I love the combination of flavors & textures.

  11. We adore broccoli at this favorite vegetable...and anything with fresh bread crumbs and pasta is sure to please! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you are having a good start to your week!

  12. I love broccoli rabe and this looks fabulous. It's on my list for later this month.

  13. I love broccoli rabe. This is a great recipe. Thanks

    Hugs, Rose

  14. Que buena esta ensalada de pasta y brocoli, se ve con un color muy apetecible, aquí todavía apetecen este tipo de platos, besos

  15. Dear Catherine,
    What an amazing and delicious array of ingredients and combination of flavours!!
    Cheers darling,

  16. What a beautiful dish to bring to the table. Sounds wonderful!

  17. Absolutely beautiful with so much savory goodness. :-)


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