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Broccoli rabe often plays second fiddle to other foods – and that's a shame. Rich in both flavor and nutrients, this bitter crucifer just needs a few supporting seasonings to truly sing. In this crostini recipe, alongside creamy ricotta cheese and a kick from red pepper flakes, it finally takes the starring role. Your guests are sure to demand an encore performance!

Fewer than ten ingredients are needed to make this 15-minute morsel. First, fresh broccoli rabe is lightly sautéd in olive oil. Next, it's nestled atop a dollop of sweet ricotta on a slice of toasted French bread for contrast in both flavor and texture. Season to taste with red pepper flakes, lemon zest, or a pinch of sea salt for an even more sophisticated spin on this appetizer. Serve on a vibrant, colorful Made in Serving Dish, and this vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense hors d'oeuvre is ready for any event!

Wow-Worthy Broccoli Rabe Crostini in Just 15 Minutes

This broccoli rabe recipe is pretty, easy and delicious. 

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  • 6Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • French baguette, sliced
  • Ricotta cheese (or any soft cheese)
  • Lemon, juice, and zest (optional)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Roughly chop the broccoli rabe and slice the baguette into rounds. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. (To create an extra layer of flavor and texture, use a carbon steel or cast iron fry pan for optimal caramelization.) Add the broccoli rabe and season with salt and pepper. Cook to desired doneness: three to five minutes for al dente, or ten minutes for caramelized and golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Toast the baguette slices for 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  4. Assemble toast with cheese, broccoli rabe, salt, and pepper. Top toast with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and a light squeeze of lemon juice.

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