orecchiette with italian sausage and broccoli rabe


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, stemed and trimmed
  • 1/2  pound orecchiette pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound turkey Italian-style sausage, casings removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • Shaved Parmesan


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant then add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into pieces with a spoon, until brown.

Meanwhile, cook the broccoli rabe in a pot of boiling salted water for a minute. Transfer the broccoli rabe into cold water to shock it and stop the cooking process, leaving it bright green. Save the cooking water and bring it back to boil and add pasta. Should take about 9 minutes to cook the orecchiette so it is al dente, strain.

Strain the broccoli rabe and add it to the pan with the sausage mixture and toss to coat; then add the pasta and stir in the cheese. Makes 2-3 servings.

Source: Love and Olive Oil


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