Recipe: Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon

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2 years ago, I came across a recipe for Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon in the March, 2010 issue of Cooking Light Magazine.  The photo was beautiful, and I suddenly found myself wanting to make it.  Which was odd, because I was not a fan of broccoli. But  The Handsome Husband and The Girl were.  So I decided to give it a try.

Fast forward 2 years, and not only am I growing broccoli raab in the backyard, but last night I harvested our first batch {15 oz}.  If you have never tried broccoli raab, you should.  Even if it means paying $2.49 for 1 bunch of the leafy greens at your local farmer’s market this spring.  Trust me, it will be money well spent.

Oh, and did I forget to mention this recipe involves bacon?

So what are you waiting for?  Go make it!

Recipe Credit {slightly adapted}
1 pound broccoli raab, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 {15-ounce} can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Cook broccoli raab in a large pot of boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat {I used a stir fry pan}. Add oil, then bacon; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in onion, fresh oregano, and red pepper; sauté 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chickpeas; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broccoli raab, salt, and black pepper; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.

Looking for more healthy recipes to serve your family? You know, something that doesn’t come in a box? Check out Cooking Light What to Eat: A Real-World Guide to Making Smart Choicesfrom the editors of Cooking Light Magazine.  Currently on sale for $13.32 on Amazon.com

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Comments

  1. Krista says:

    I’ve always been curious to try broccoli raab and now I have the perfect recipe! This looks so beautiful and fresh. Thanks, Mavis.

  2. This looks delish. Thanks for sharing and keep those veggie recipes coming!

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