Fusilli with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe), Garlic, and Tomato Wine Sauce


This Italian-inspired tomato, garlic, and rapini pasta dish is delicious in spring. You can adapt this recipe to use whatever is growing in your garden.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ cup uncooked fusilli pasta

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian herb mix, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover broccoli rabe, sprinkle in some salt, and bring to a boil. Stir in broccoli rabe and cook until bright green and just starting to become tender, about 2 minutes; drain and cool in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well, and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.

  3. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in 2 roughly-chopped garlic cloves until they start to turn translucent, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper; stir in rosemary sprig, dried Italian herb mix, and crushed red pepper flakes.

  4. Stir in blanched rabe, white wine, and tomatoes; remove rosemary sprig and bring to a boil. Mix in pasta, green onions, and 1 minced clove of garlic; simmer for 1 more minute, and serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
21g Fat
26g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 390mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 124mg 620%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 379mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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