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5 from 4 votes

Frittata With Broccoli Rabe and Sheep Cheese

This warm frittata from "Wine Country Table" makes a nourishing lunch or rustic first course; accompany with a tuft of lightly dressed salad greens, if you like.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetarian
Servings: 3 people


  • 3/4 lb broccoli rabe tough stems trimmed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated aged ship's milk cheese such as Bellwether Farms Pepato or pecorino romano
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli rabe and boil until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a sieve and cool quickly under cold running water. Drain and squeeze well to remove excess moisture. Chop coarsely. Measure out 1 1∕2 cups (250 g) chopped broccoli and reserve the remainder for another use.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until blended, then whisk in the cheese, salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Stir in the broccoli rabe. Heat a 10-inch (25 cm) nonstick frying pan over medium heat, then add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the egg mixture and use a rubber spatula to spread into an even layer. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Cook without stirring until the frittata is about two-thirds set, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the oven and bake just until the frittata feels firm on top and has puffed slightly, 9 to 10 minutes. Immediately slide the frittata onto a cutting board or wooden serving board. The frittata should slip out easily, but if not, use a rubber spatula to loosen it. Let cool for 15 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve.
  • TRIMMING TIP: The thick stems of broccoli rabe are often more tender than the thin stems. If a stem feels tough or woody, remove it. Otherwise, just trim any dry ends.