We grew up eating broccoli rabe or rapini pasta. The pork chops make a good protein side dish for the pasta. Rabe cooks fairly fast. Drain it well before adding to the onions. The pork chops should be browned quickly so that you don’t overcook the meat. Overcooked pork gets very tough.
You could also cook the rabe with the caramelized onions in the frying pan. Wait until the onions are caramelized and then add the raw rabe and stir until it’s cooked.
Broccoli Rabe Pasta with Pork Chops
We grew up eating broccoli rabe pasta. The pork chops make a good protein side dish for the pasta. Rabe cooks fairly fast. Drain it well before adding to the onions. The pork chops should be browned quickly so that you don't overcook the meat. Overcooked pork gets very tough.
Chop a large bunch of broccoli rabe.
Add to a large pot of boiling water. Cook for around 5-6 minutes.
While the rabe is cooking, dice half an onion. Add it to a frying pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Caramelize the onions on medium-high heat.
Add the cooked onions to a large bowl.
Tenderize the pork chops. Salt and pepper each side.
Using the same frying pan from the onions, add 2 tbsp olive oil and heat for a minute on medium high heat. Add the pork chops to the hot oil. Add the butter. You want to brown them quickly so that you don't overcook. Cook to an internal temperature of 145F.
Add the cooked pork chops to your serving dish.
To drain the rabe, spoon it out with a large slotted spoon. Keep the boiling water to cook the pasta.
Add the drained rabe to the onions.
Add the pasta to your boiling water and cook according to package directions.
Drain the pasta and add to the rabe. Stir together with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. If needed, added a little olive oil to the pasta as you mix it.
Add to the serving dish with the pork chops. Squeeze a lemon over the pasta and the pork chops. Serve.