Rigatoni with Broccoli Rabe and Pine Nuts

Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds Broccoli Rabe
  • 3/4 pounds Rigatoni
  • 5 large Garlic cloves thickly cut lengthwise
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt


  1. First prepare the Broccoli Rabe by washing it and peeling away the thick thin from the lower stalks. Cut crosswise into 3-inch lengths
  2. Place Broccoli Rabe into a bowl and cover with water. Let stand for 1 hour
  3. Fill a saucepan 3/4s full of water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  4. Once boiling, add the Broccoli Rabe and 1 tablespoon of salt and return to boil. Cover partially and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. In a large fry pan, warm the Olive Oil over medium heat
  6. Add the Garlic, Pine nuts and pinch of Red Pepper Flakes and saute for 5 minutes
  7. After 5 minutes, add the Broccoli Rabe and saute for another 2 minutes
  8. Season with a pinch of Sea Salt
  9. In a separate pan, bring water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook for 10-11 minutes (al dente)
  10. Drain pasta and add to Broccoli Rabe mixture. Mix together (if you need to thicken it up, you can add some pasta water to the mixture)
  11. Shred parmesan cheese and add to top of dish. Mix together
  12. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

There are may ways to vary up this recipe. Add regular broccoli instead of broccoli rabe. Use chickpeas instead of pine nuts. Even make this with linguine instead of rigatoni.