Kielbasa sausage and broccoli rabe are great partners in this low carb recipe. Both ingredients' cook time is super short. It is a great simple meal.
Total Time: 20-22 Minutes
Prep Time: 8-10 Minutes
Active Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Broccoli Rabe is also called Rapini or Broccoli Raab (with double “a”). It reminds me a popular Chinese vegetable, "Choi Sum". Why? The texture, smell and taste is pretty much the same. However, "Choi Sum" does not have the bitter taste or the look of the broccoli rabe.
Yes, you can totally skip the sauage and only serve broccoli rabe.
You can serve this sausage and broccoli rabe recipe as a side dish. You can also serve it with noodles or pasta. I sometimes will multiply the volume and make a very healthy lunch out of it. If you decide to double or triple this recipe, prep and cook time is literally the same. This is one of the big advantages of this recipe.
You cannot totally get rid of the bitter taste of broccoli rabe, but make it milder. To do that, that is where the salty boiling water comes into picture. The salt neutralizes its bitterness.
Another great alternative of Kielbasa sausage is cooked chicken sausage. There are plenty of flavors to choose from. My preference is something strong, such as roasted garlic or jalapeno chicken sausage.
1 lb Kielbasa Sausage (sliced about 1/2" thick)
2 bunches of Broccoli Rabe (about 2-2.5LBs. Trim the end of the stems of the broccoli rabe and discard which is about 1/2" from the bottom of the stems where you are going to cut. Cut across the vegetables into halves.)
1 Clove Minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
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