If you’ve ever had broccoli rabe, you know that it is unapologetically bitter. Bacon broccoli rabe is better! Because bacon makes everything better, right?
Heat large, high-walled pan over medium-low heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy and much of the fat is rendered, about 8-10 minutes
Remove bacon and drain bacon grease into a small, heat-safe bowl. Do NOT toss out extra grease. Place bacon bits in separate bowl. Set aside.
In the same pan, add broccoli rabe and garlic, if desired. Cook until the stems are tender, about 5 minutes. Add in half of the bacon bits. If broccoli rabe begins to stick, add some of the reserve bacon grease.
Season with salt and pepper, top with reserve bacon, as desired. Serve immediately.