Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Servings: 4

2 pounds broccoli rabe,* tough stems peeled
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
6 Tbsp freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
Toasted pine nuts

Cook broccoli rabe in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain again; pat dry. Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in paper towels. Enclose in plastic bag and chill.

Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broccoli rabe and sauté until heated through, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons cheese over and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to warm platter. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese and toasted pine nuts.

*Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, is a type of leafy green stalk with scattered clusters of small broccoli-like florets; available at many specialty foods stores and some supermarkets.

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