Broccoli Rabe Philly Style

Photo by Michael Spain-Smith
  • Yield: 2-4 servings
  • Prep: 15 min.
  • Cook: 20 min.


3tablespoons olive oil, plus more for oiling pan
4 red bell peppers
2teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/4teaspoons salt
1 1/4teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches broccoli rabe, bottom 3 inches of stems removed, leaves and remaining stems chopped into 1 in. pieces
2tablespoons minced garlic
1tablespoon porcini powder
1/2cup vegan mayo
1teaspoon Dijon mustard
Sliced bread, toasted or grilled (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over heat high and prepare an ice bath.
  2. Rub a sheet pan lightly with olive oil. Place peppers on sheet pan and roast 12-15 minutes, or until they collapse.
  3. Remove the peppers from the oven and set aside until cool. Peel off the skins, cut in half, and remove the seeds and stems. Slice peppers into thin strips and toss in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside.
  4. Blanch the broccoli rabe in the salted boiling water for 4 minutes. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Drain the broccoli rabe, shock in the ice bath for 5 minutes, then drain thoroughly.
  5. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. When it begins to ripple, add the garlic and allow it to brown for about 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the broccoli rabe wilts and turns a slightly darker shade of green, 5 to 7 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Meanwhile, whisk the porcini powder with the reserved 2 tablespoons cooking water in a small bowl. Add the vegan mayo, mustard, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and whisk until creamy.
  7. If desired, spread the cream on the bread and top with the broccoli rabe and peppers. Or, if serving the broccoli rabe and peppers as an antipasto, offer the cream on the side.

Recipe from Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (The Experiment, 2013)