broccoli rabe

\ -ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly broccoli raab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) , -​ˌrab \ or broccoli rab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) , -​ˌrab \

Definition of broccoli rabe

: a garden brassica (Brassica rapa ruvo) that is related to the turnip and produces edible leafy branching stalks and compact clusters of yellow florets

called also rapini

Examples of broccoli rabe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Simmer, covered, until broccoli rabe is just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Rigatoni With Sausage and Broccoli Rabe," 6 Jan. 2021 And if, like the elder LaSpada, the cheesesteak had a cousin with whom to do good-natured battle, the winning combination of roast pork, broccoli rabe and provolone on a half-soggy roll with long hots would be it. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Philly tradition: You can smell it at LaSpada’s," 27 Dec. 2020 Add the broccoli rabe and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Five fast pasta sauces without tomatoes," 9 Nov. 2020 Add the pasta, broccoli rabe and cheese to the skillet with the mushrooms and toss together. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Five fast pasta sauces without tomatoes," 9 Nov. 2020 Options include mushroom, olives and onions; white pizza with ricotta, provolone, garlic and parmesan; as well as a sausage, broccoli rabe, breadcrumbs and pecorino variety; and a square pizza with vodka sauce, pepperoni and basil, among others. Sarah Ravits,, "NOLA Pizza Co. opens Nov. 1, in time to help Halloween hangovers," 28 Oct. 2020 In this recipe, a fall favorite from cookbook author Julia Turshen, red grapes are roasted alongside Italian fennel sausage and bright green broccoli rabe for an all-in-one dinner. Washington Post, "Roast, stew or poach grapes in 8 recipes fit for fall," 14 Oct. 2020 Try golden beets, spinach or rapini (also known as broccoli rabe), which can even tolerate light frosts. David Syrek,, "Don’t give up on the outdoor season just yet. Here are 8 great ways to make summer last a while longer.," 26 Sep. 2020 Add broccoli rabe and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of broccoli rabe

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broccoli rabe

regularization (conformed to broccoli) of any of various southern Italian dialect forms, such as Neapolitan vruoccole de rapa, literally, "flower stalks of the turnip"

Note: The spellings rabe, raab reflect English perceptions of a lenis stop and reduced or absent vowel in the southern Italian forms.

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“Broccoli rabe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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