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Garlicky broccoli rabe with vegan tempeh sausage in a bowl

Garlicky Broccoli Rabe with Vegan Tempeh Sausage

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 10 min.
  • Total Time: 20 min.
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauté, Steam
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


An easy side with amazing garlicky flavor, this broccoli rabe with vegan tempeh sausage is both nutritious and absolutely mouthwatering.



Tempeh Sausage:

Broccoli Rabe:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic (Sliced)
  • 1 Lb Broccoli Rabe (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flake
  • 1/4 Cup Water


  1. In a small bowl add the paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flake, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos (or soy sauce) and vegetable stock. Whisk to combine.  
  2. Crumble the tempeh and prepare the garlic and broccoli rabe as directed above. 
  3. In a dry skillet over medium/high heat, toast the fennel seeds for approximately 1 minute. Stir occasionally. 
  4. When the fennel is toasted and fragrant, add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan along with the crumbled tempeh. Stir occasionally until  the tempeh starts to brown, approx. 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the browned tempeh and stir until the tempeh is completely coated and the liquid has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.
  5. Over medium/high heat, add 2 Tbsps olive oil to the skillet along with the sliced garlic. Sauté the garlic until it starts to brown, approx. 1 minute. Add the chopped broccoli rabe as well as 1 tsp red pepper flake and ¼ cup water and cover, allowing the broccoli rabe to steam. Approximately 2 minutes or until the broccoli rabe is wilted. 
  6. Uncover the broccoli rabe and allow any excess liquid to evaporate, stir occasionally. Add the prepared tempeh “sausage” and stir to incorporate. 
  7. Serve warm as a side, over pasta or in a sandwich. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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